President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday attended the Jumat Service inside the Presidential Villa, one week after he failed to do so, amid growing speculations about his health.
President Muhammadu Buhari, joined by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, and other officials, on Friday attended the Juma’at prayers in the Presidential Villa.
This comes less than 48 hours after the President missed the Federal Executive Council Meeting for the third time since his return from medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
Despite the President’s absence from public functions, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; and the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, all said they held meetings separately with him this week.
President Buhari’s absence at the weekly FEC meeting last week had fuelled speculation about his health with 13 activists, including, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, calling on him to proceed on a medical leave to attend to his health.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and other government officials, including the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, have, however, assured Nigerians that that there is no cause for alarm over his health.
They also said he was carrying out his responsibilities as President, while also following his doctor’s orders that he should take things slowly.