As clarity on President Muhammadu Buhari’s state of health is kept under wraps, the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said only the president has the right to disclose information about his health status to the public.
Addressing state house correspondents in Abuja, Osinbajo said Buhari had no serious health issues adding that he had a telephone conversation with the president on Monday and “he is hale and hearty.”
The acting president who had earlier met with the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun stated: “Let me say that the President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him…and we had a very long conversation.
“He was interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we had gone. As you know, we had a meeting today (Monday) with the private sector on the economic recovery plan.
“Of course I informed him about some of what we are seeing – the protests, marches and all of that, some of the feedback and what people are saying about the economy.
“He is in good shape, he was very chatty and we had a good conversation this afternoon,” he said.
Osinbajo added: “I think that the health status of Mr. President is a fact or issue that only Mr. President himself will be able to discuss at the appropriate time.
“Again, he is running tests and before you determine your health status you must be able to say ‘this is my health status.’
“If I’m running tests; doing some routine and some that my doctors have asked me to do, then surely I must await the outcome of that before I talk about any kind of status.”
The acting president also used the opportunity to debunk the rumour that he had been under intense pressure to resign from office.
I’m absolutely under no pressure to resign. In any event, I was voted for by the people of this nation – myself and Mr. President, and the people of this nation have not asked us to resign.
“So I have absolutely no pressure whatsoever and the truth is that there has been absolutely no pressure whatsoever from any source asking me to resign,” he said.