The Office of the Nigerian Presidency has released President Muhammadu Buhari’s Eid voice message in a bid to debunk claims that he is suffering from speech impairment.This follows claims on social media that the ailing 75-year-old Nigerian leader was suffering from memory loss and an inability to speak.
Buhari is recuperating from an undisclosed ailment in the United Kingdom where he has been having medical consultations since he left Nigeria on May 7.
In the recording, aired on Sunday by some radio stations, including the BBC, President Buhari was heard felicitating Nigerians on the occasion of Eid-el Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Buhari thanked them for their consistent prayers for his well-being and urged all citizens, irrespective of their socio-political affiliations, to always avoid hate speech and divisive tendencies capable of causing disaffection among them.
He also prayed for good harvest as farmers embarked on agricultural activities occasion by the commencement of rainfalls across the country.
A presidential source on Saturday had claimed President Buhari “is getting better and will return to Nigeria very soon”.
“I appeal to all Nigerians to show true sense of patriotism for national cohesion to ensure that Nigeria attains the greatness for which it was destined,” his wife Aisha Buhari told her compatriots.
She also urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the President’s well-being.
Away from her ailing husband Mrs Buhari observed her two Raka’ Eid prayer performed by the Chief Imam of Mambila Barracks Mosque, Major Hamisu Mustapha in Abuja.