President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday joined other Muslim faithfuls to
observe the weekly Juma’at prayers at the presidential villa.
Recall that last week the president was absent for the Juma’at prayers
which heightened rumours about his state of health.
Yesterday’s Juma’at prayers appearance was the president’s first
public appearance in two weeks.
During the week, the president met with the attorney-general and
minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; group managing director of the
NNPC, Maikanti Baru; and Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele at
the presidential villa.
However, the president missed the federal executive council meeting on
Wednesday for the third consecutive time which put the rumour mills on
Following his non- public appearance, some prominent Nigerians have
called on the president to resign and tend to his health.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that on Monday, constitutional lawyer,
Femi Falana ( SAN) and 12 other rights activists called on President
Buhari to proceed on a medical vacation to attend to his ill-health.
In a statement, jointly signed by Falana as well as Professor Jibrin
Ibrahim, Debo Adeniran, Dr. Chris Kwaja, Y. Z. Ya’u, Chom Bagu,
Olanrewaju Suraju, Ezenwa Nwagwu, Anwal Musa Rafsanjani, David Ugolor,
‘Sina Odugbemi, Muhammed Attah and Adetokunbo Mumuni, said when the
president returned from his medical vacation to the United Kingdom, he
disclosed that he had never been that sick in his entire life.
However, President Buhari’s appearance at Juma’at service yesterday
laid to rests reports in some sections of the media that he is being
Among those who prayed with him on Friday included the chief of staff,
Abba Kyari; national security adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno;
director-general of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Others included the minister of justice and attorney general of the
federation, Abubakar Malami; acting chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, Baru Maikanti and other top government officials also
observed the jumaat prayer in the mosque.
Meanwhile the presidency has said the permanent secretary, State
House, Mr Jalal Arabi, is not on suspension as erroneously reported in
In a statement by the deputy director, Information, Abiodun
Oladunjoye, said Mr Arabi is at his desk dutifully attending to
important state matters and is not under any probe, neither is he a
subject of any enquiry.
According to him, there is absolutely no truth in the spurious
allegations leveled against the permanent secretary and his office in
the fictitious report published by an on-line medium.
“I remain committed and dedicated to the professional discharge of my
duties and I refuse to be distracted by adversarial forces,” Mr Arabi
The permanent secretary and other Muslim faithfuls attended the
Juma’at prayers at the State House mosque this afternoon with
President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance. LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER.M