The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has called on Nigerians to be calm over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari and to be resolute in prayer for his quick recovery and return to the country.
In a statement by his media aide, Victor Oluwadamilare, the minister said the president like any other person, was entitled to a medical check up after strenuous official engagements, hence there should be no reason for anybody to make issues out the president’s health.
Shittu who asserted that there was no vacuum in administration as a result of the president’s absence in the country, appealed to Nigerians to go about their daily activities without fear as the nation is calm and everything is going on well.
“At this critical stage when the government is trying to pull the nation out of economic woods, the least that is expected from Nigerians is distraction,” he said, adding that all hands must be on deck while necessary support should be given to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo while he hold forth for President Buhari.
“Every patriotic Nigerian should be concerned with the smooth running of government so that the present administration could bring about the change promised the nation.
“The prayer of everyone is needed for the government to successfully execute various agenda put in place to make life meaningful for the citizenry and all of us in our respective assignments must ensure that this government succeeds,” Shittu said.
The minister urged Nigerians to have firm believe in statements issued by the presidency on the status of the president’s health rather than believing in rumours always posted on the social media.
He said such rumour could be dangerous to the peaceful co-existence of the country.
The minister added that it was morally wrong even for anybody to wish a fellow human dead.
“Morally, it is wrong for people to be wishing the president dead in as much as all of us are mortals who could fall sick at any time,” he said.
Shittu was optimistic that President Buhari would soon return to the country after having a full round of medical check and attention as stipulated by his doctors in the United Kingdom.