President Muhammadu Buhari has said his participation in this year’s Ramadan Fast has improved his health more than it was initially.
Mr Buhari stated this on Friday at his official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he played host to a delegation of federal capital territory (FCT) led by Mohammed Bello, the minister of FCT.
The president who said he could not participate in last year’s fast because he was away on health vacation noted that he did not want the situation to repeat itself this year hence his involvement this year.
In 2017, Buhari spent over 150 days in London, treating an undisclosed ailment. In 2018, He has also visited his London doctors on three known occasions.
“I’m very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Filtri to those of us that have been fasting,” he said.
“A lot of people asked me if on health grounds I could fast. I refused not to because I know the value in fasting, I cannot miss it once I can do it.
“Last year I didn’t because I was on health vacation but this year I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be healthier and also gave me the time that I need to attend to national issues.”
He told his guests to appeal to those in their constituencies to shun individualism and sectionalism.
He reiterated his position that Nigeria belongs to all, hence the need to salvage it together.
“Please, in your constituencies, emphasise what I said about 30 years ago. We don’t have another country except Nigeria we may as well remain here and salvage it together, there is nothing else we can do.
“Even those who left the country are now trying to come back because they are not wanted out there. I wish that all the resources they had then, had been deployed here… So, thank you very much and please, persuade your constituencies to work much harder away from individualism and sectionalism,” he said.