According to a communiqué issued by the PDP, members have been asked to pray for the president to recover so he can continue his anti-corruption crusade.
According to a communiqué issued by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party, members have been asked to pray for the president to recover so he can continue his anti-corruption crusade.
The leadership of the South West PDP also passed a vote of confidence on Sheriff as the party’s chairman during a meeting in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state on Sunday, February 12.
Sheriff in return said he would continue to work for the progress of the party and return it to the grassroots.
The meeting was attended by PDP chieftains from Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo and Ogun states.
President Buhari has been away from Nigeria since Thursday January 19, when he departed for a 10-day medical vacation in London.
“During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups…While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President,” a statement from presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina read at the time.
The president’s silence during his vacation has given rise to fears that he is in worse condition than the presidency wants to reveal.
The government has also been forced on numerous occasions to dismiss rumours that the president had died.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you wake up in the morning and you say the president of the country is dead. I will not join that kind of debate at all,” Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said on January 25.
Concerns about Buhari’s health status were heightened when he wrote the Senate, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, to extend his vacation indefinitely.
“President Buhari has extended his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” a statement by Adesina read.
However, various government officials have assured Nigerians that the president is hale and hearty.
“The President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a very long conversation,” Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday, February 6.
Hajiya Rakiya, Buhari’s only surviving elder sister also told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that her brother needs the prayers of every Nigerian for him to succeed in the task of addressing the problems facing the nation.
“I just returned from the lesser Hajj, and even while in Saudi Arabia, I was communicating with him every day,” Rakiya popularly called Amadodo said.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki also revealed that he spoke to Buhari on Wednesday, February 8, adding that the president was in good spirits.
Meanwhile, the letter sent by Buhari to the Senate to extend his leave shows that the president will not return to Nigeria till “the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.”