Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari who traveled to the UK twice this year over an undisclosed ailment he spent 100 days in the country for, has dropped a hint on how he got better.
Premium Times reports that President Buhari who spoke to a delegation of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, residents who paid him a Christmas visit in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the year has been a tough one for Nigeria, but expressed optimism that 2018 will be a more prosperous one.
“It has been a tumultuous year. I thought I was 74 but I was told I was 75,” he said.“I have never been so sick even the 30 months civil war (when) I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava but this sickness I don’t know but I came out better.
“All those who saw me before and when I came back said I look much better, but I have explained it to the public that as a General I used to give orders now I take orders; the doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours that is why I am looking much better” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari also sympathised with Nigerians on the lingering fuel scarcity, three weeks after filling stations started grappling with shortages.
“The fuel scarcity being experienced nationwide is regrettable. I sympathize with all Nigerians on having to endure needless fuel queues.
“I’m being regularly briefed, especially on the NNPC’s interventions to ensure that there is enough petrol available during this period & beyond,” the president said on Twitter.
Mr. Buhari said he has directed the NNPC to do something about the crisis, which has left Nigerians stranded and sent prices of commodities through the roof.
“I have the NNPC’s assurance that the situation will improve significantly over the next few days, as new shipments and supplies are distributed across the country.
“I have also directed the regulators to step up their surveillance and bring an end to hoarding and price inflation by marketers,
“Let me also assure that the relevant agencies will continue to provide updates on the situation. I thank you all for your patience and understanding,” he said.
The president has been criticised by opposition party politicians for failing to address the crisis on time.
He was advised to relinquish his position as minister for petroleum by Oby Ezekwesili on Saturday
Mrs. Ezekwesili, a former education minister, said the president handling the ministry to a separate official will help reduce the political influence over it. She said full deregulation would be a lasting solution to the protracted crisis.