- The Presidency said President Buhari is home sick and Nigerians should expect him any time soon because he is looking forward to be with his people
- According to Garba Shehu, Nigerians should expect a fresh Buhari
The Presidency on Tuesday, January 14 said Nigerians should expect President Buhari any time from now because he is no longer “enjoying his stay’’ outside the country.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu made this known in an interview with the Channels Television in Abuja on Tuesday.
Garba Shehu said: “As a matter of fact, we should be getting ready to see the president in fresh and that will be soon as possible.
“The President (himself) is looking to being home to be with his people.
“I don’t think he is enjoying any longer with an extended vacation outside the country.’’
Garba Shehu who also spoke on the president’s telephone conversation with President Trump, says it is very “undiplomatic’’ for some section of the country to demand the release of the audio containing the conversation.
According to him, releasing such audio is an unethical and against modern day civilization.
He said: “No, I don’t think so; I don’t think it is permitted in international diplomacy. I think if we had recorded Mr Trump in this conversation it would have offended our diplomatic relations.
“I think the Americans themselves would not have recorded this conversation of president to president,’’ he said.
Going further, Shehu believes that the conversation between Trump and Buhari will help boost the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the U.S.
“Well, there wasn’t enough time to talk about everything. I think the point at what will follow is in the invitation that President Trump has extended to our president (Buhari) to come over.
“That is the kind of opportunity that was presented to Nigeria put all the issues on the desk.
“As for their immigration policy, I think our president has been clear about one thing- the choices made by the Americans as to who to lead them in this case, Mr Trump, is entirely their own choice.
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“We have no business interfering with their domestic affairs.
“As to the countries that have barred, it has been clearly specified and Nigeria did not feature in the list,’’ he added.
However, when asked about the president’s test result, he denied having any information concerning it: “No, we have no information on that (test results). If he had received them, he would have been on the plane back home,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari spoke with President Trump, the president called Nigeria to condole with former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Adamu Fika over the death of his wife Hajiya Tasallah Fika.
Presidential media aide Garba Shehu confirmed the call in a brief statement on Tuesday, February 14 morning.