For the first time in few weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari made a public appearance as he attended today’s Juma’at service at the presidential villa mosque.
Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent this afternoon.
“Yes, the president was at the Juma’at service”, said Shehu.
He also confirmed that the trending video where he is seen shaking hands with those around as he was going out of the mosque is true.
The absence of the president at the last Juma’at service at the mosque and three consecutive Federal Executive Council meeting increased the controversy about his ill health.
The controversy got to a peak during the week when he was absent at the last FEC meeting.
Having attended to some top officials a day earlier, it was expected that he would chair the FEC meeting.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, however, chaired the meeting as the president was absent.
Following the intensity of the controversy, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, while thanking Nigerians for their concern said the state of the president’s health was not as terrible as was being peddled.
Many prominent Nigerians had, during the week, requested that the president should take time to attend to his health.