Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, has said his principal is the only one who can tell Nigerians about his illness and when he will be back in the country.
Adesina stated this while speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after releasing a statement on Tuesday, announcing that Buhari needed longer period of rest.
He said: “What we have just said is what I will want us to believe. The President said he needs to rest further. The same President that communicated that to us, when it is time for him to come, he will also communicate to us.
“He (the President) is the one who owns his body and there is nobody who will know his body more than him and he says no cause to worry.
“It makes sense to say that maybe from the results of the tests, further rests had been recommended. The statement did not say how long the rest will last.
“I speak for somebody, I do not speak for myself. So it is what he tells me to say that I say and the statement transmitted to me is that the President needs to rest for some further time.”
When asked what was wrong with the President, he replied: “Don’t you know that the Hippocratic Oath even forbids a doctor from speaking about the condition of his patient except the patient authorises it?
“It is only the patient himself who can speak about what he is going through.
“This is the person going through these series of tests and rest and he says no cause to worry, let us believe that,” he said.
Adesina also said those claiming Buhari has lost his voice should prove it.
He said: “Those people need to prove it. He spoke with President Trump. Did Trump say he did not speak with Nigerian President? Anybody can allege anything.
“My message to Nigerians is that let us learn to believe our leaders. This is a man we elected into office and he says no cause to worry, let us believe him.”