President Muhammadu Buhari says the only way he can repay Nigerians for their prayers is for him to rededicate himself to serving them, protecting their interests and keeping their trust.
Buhari, who made his feelings known at a brief reception organised in his honour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, expressed gratitude to all Nigerians – Muslims and Christians alike.
According to him, the constant and persistent prayers offered by Nigerians over his health condition, testifies to their love for him and the country.
“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians – Muslims and Christians alike, who have prayed and continued to pray for my good health.
“This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced by Nigerians, they have continued to support the government in its efforts to tackle our country’s challenges.
“The best way for me to pay you all is to rededicate myself to serving you, protecting your interests, and keeping your trust.
“I thank you very much. I feel much better now.’’
The President revealed that he might go back to London in a few weeks for a follow-up to his routine medical check-up.
He appealed to Nigerians stay where they are and continue to pray for the country’s unity, progress and prosperity “rather than sending delegations to Abuja to welcome me’’.
“There may, however, be need to have further follow-ups within some weeks.
“Rather than sending delegations to Abuja to welcome me, may I appeal to our people to continue to pray for the country’s unity, progress and prosperity.
“I thank you very much and may God bless our country.’’
The President, who narrated his check-up experience while in London, said he had as much rest as could be humanly possible.
He added that he received the best of treatments.
He advised Nigerians against self-medication, saying, “I think one of the terrible things you can have is self drug administration.’’
He called on Nigerians to trust their doctors rather than embark on self drug administration.