President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television said he did not who is footing the bill of the medical treatment of his boss who has been on medical leave for the past three months.
Adesina, who alongside others in the media team including the Special Adviser on the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had last Saturday visited the President in London, said while he may not know exactly who is footing the medical bill said it is most likely, his country, Nigeria that is paying.
Adesina also spoke on the health status of President but was not exact on the date of his return or nature of his illness that has taken him off public glare for the past three months.
“The President I saw was sharp, he was smart, he was lucid. The President I saw was like his old self, almost completely mended. But then, like we said in the statement we issued which is what he said to us in the first place, he would come when his doctors say it’s time to go,”
Asked if he felt the President appeared fit enough to travel back to Nigeria from London on a six hour flight, Adesina said, “If you know the President, at the peak of his performance – when he first assumed the Presidency and we went to different parts of the world, you will know that he is a man of tremendous energy and tremendous ability.
“If a man was ill and he has mended, that means he is restored. He can do what he used to do and possibly even more.”
Adesina had a word for those who felt his doctors should follow him back to Nigeria for effective monitoring of his progress, but he disagreed.
“Their opinions do not necessarily translate to the gospel truth. It’s just an opinion,” he responded.
Adesina, in the interview also confirmed that the Presidential Aircraft NAF 001 is still in London since May 7 , 2017.
“That is still the position. When the President of a country is away, his plane should be there.
On the issue raised at the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, would would win and Adesina said the President was not bothered.
“When the PDP was at its strength, they were defeated; they were given a bloody nose at the polls, not to talk of when they are holding the shorter end of the stick. So, it should not bother anybody.”
Adesina assured that:
“Ratings change; it can be low today and, tomorrow, it can go up. So, it is not something that should worry anybody. All I know is that this government is on course and before the mandate terminates in 2019, the rating will be very high.”