Buhari Praises Adesina for holding out against mischief makers.

Ebun Francis

President Mohammadu Buhari, Saturday praised his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina for holding out against mischief makers who kept spreading unfounded rumors over his health situation.

Adesina broke the news of his conversation with the President in his tweeter handle @FemeAdesina.

The tweet read, ” Thanks for holding out against mischief makers, PMB tells me during a phone call today. Said he will call again soon. Gave him best wishes.”

Later, the President’s senior media assistant wrote on his face, “At exactly 2:43 pm today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.”

“’Hold on for Mr. President’, Tunde said.

And in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:

“’Femi, how are you? (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi).”

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Adesina said he screamed when he heard the voice of his principal.

“I screamed:”Mr. President, I have missed you. How are you, sir? ”

“He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: ‘I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers’.

“I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.

‘How is your family?’

“I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them.

“‘I hope to call you again, ” Mr. President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: ‘Best wishes, sir’.”

Adesina added that the call made his day, saying he never sought to speak with the president to debunk rumours about his health.

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“It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the president in London.”

“Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy.

“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day.”

President Buhari is on extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom and there have been so many unsubstantiated rumours over the state of his health.