President Muhammadu Buhari on Christmas Day at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, while receiving delegation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents who visited him said that he had never been so sick in his life, but he survived the terrible sickness that troubled him in 2017.
He noted that as a general he is used to giving orders, but this time, he took orders which was why his health improved greatly.
In 2017 alone, Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom twice, where he spent over hundred days over an undisclosed illness.
“It has been a tumultuous year. I thought I was 74 but I was told I was 75.”
“I have never been so sick even the 30 months civil war (when) I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava but this sickness I don’t know but I came out better.
“All those who saw me before and when I came back said I look much better, but I have explained it to the public that as a General I used to give orders now I take orders; the doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours that is why I am looking much better.’’ The President said.
Buhari noted that 2017 has so far been a very tough year for Nigeria as a nation, but however expressed optimism that 2018 will be a prosperous year. He added with gladness that God had answered prayers because the rainy season was good and farmer recorded bumper harvest across Nigeria.
“It has been a tough year for Nigeria and I hope next year will be a much more prosperous one.
“But God listened to the majority of us, the rainy season was very good and some states have got very good information from home; I never knew that the people from Kano who are more resourceful used to go to my area and hire farms, this year nobody hired farm, and nobody regretted it.
“And again the second one from the Gov. of Sokoto State said all the people that really registered early to perform last pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia were farmers. But he didn’t tell me if they took additional wives.
“But I am very pleased that people have gone back to the land with very good harvests,’’ he said.
He also commended religious leaders for partnering with the government to ensure peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
“I thank you very much for coming, especially the religious leaders.
“I am very pleased you are doing your best from the intelligence I am getting to make sure that people live as good neighbours and good Nigerians,’’ he said