President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that his health was indeed improving.
He spoke on his health in a phone call to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to thank the people of the state who had gathered to pray for the quick recovery of the president, an official said.
The governor, who organised the special prayer gathering at Government House, Kano, asked the president how he was feeling as soon as he picked the call.
“I’m much better now and I thank you for the prayers and indeed the entire Nigerians”, Mr. Buhari said in a call placed on speakerphone near the hall’s microphone and heard by everyone in the hall.
Governor Ganduje then told the President that he was being overhead by those offering prayers for him, to which Mr. Buhari responded by expressing happiness and gratitude.
Mr. Buhari has been in the UK for over 30 days for health reasons. His spokesperson recently said the president was asked to take a bed rest based on results of some medical tests conducted.
The presidency has not given any date for Mr. Buhari’s return.
The Kano government sponsored Wednesday’s special prayers including the recitation of the Quran for the speedy recovery of the president.
The event, which was conducted at the Africa House of the Government House, drew Islamic clerics from different sects including Izalat, Tijjaniyya and Qaddiriyya.
Before the commencement of the recitation of the Quran, the clerics offered special prayers, saying it is imperative for everyone to pray for the president.
Aminudeen Abubakar, the State Commandant of the Hisbah, said while offering his prayers that regardless of one’s religion, a leader deserves his followers’ prayers.
Kabirullah Kabara, the leader of Qaddiriyya, said they would continue to pray till the president fully recovers.
Among those present during the prayers were the state’s deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, commissioners, state lawmakers and party stalwarts.
Governor Ganduje said President Buhari needs the prayers of Nigerians for quick recovery.
Mr. Ganduje said the fight against corruption started by the president was gaining momentum.