I'm obeying doctors' orders, says Buhari


"It is pertinent to remind the presidency and the Nigeria Police Force that President Buhari had, in the recent past, taken part in peaceful rallies in Abuja to protest alleged manipulation of election results and perceived injustice in the country", he said.

"I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge", Mr Buhari said in a statement.

In company of the Lai Mohammed-led team were Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media. Buhari had left Nigeria on January 19 for London on medical vacation and was initially scheduled to return to work on February 6, but he eventually returned on March 10.

To convince Nigerians that he is strong, the president walked like a soldier in front of his media team who all laughed. "I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed".

"He was the one who used to issue the orders but now the shoe is on the other foot and he's the one that must obey orders so he says he must obey the orders of his doctors so we look forward to the doctors giving him the green light to proceed to Nigeria", said Yemi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity.

On how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, the president said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations and the media for keeping him informed. It gave us a lot of latitude. "May God reward them".

Like the previous meetings the President had with some leaders of his party and seven governors, photographs of the meeting were released to the press.

"We mean well for our president".

Opposition figures and recently some Christian clerics have called on him to resign if he is too weak to continue in the saddle.On Monday, a daily sit-out of dozens of activists calling on him to return home or resign began in the capital city Abuja.