Saturday, December 30, 2017

Police screen hospital visitors as Buhari checks on son again


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday was back at the Cedar Crest Hospital, Gudu District , Abuja , where his son , Yusuf , who was injured in a motorbike accident, was hospitalised .

The President , who got there around 6 pm , had on Thursday alongside his wife and Yusuf ’ s mother , Aisha , visited the hospital .

But the security situation around the hospital remained tense, as policemen screened those gaining entry into the medical facility.

A guard near the hospital told one of our correspondents that the First Lady was believed to have slept overnight till Friday .

“ The dignitaries have not stopped coming . We see luxury cars every 10 minutes , we see police escorts ; I can ’ t mention everyone who has visited today .

“ But the wife of the President slept in the hospital . She is still with the injured son , ” the guard who pleaded anonymity , said .
It was learnt that Yusuf ’ s friend , Bashir Gwandu , was also at the Intensive Care Unit of the Cedar Crest Hospital , Abuja .

The President’ s son had collided with Gwandu during a motorbike race on Tuesday night in Abuja .

Yusuf ’ s younger sister, Hanan, said her brother was doing well . Hanan, in a message on
Instagram, stated , “ Yusuf is doing well. Alamdulilahi . Thank you for all the messages . ”

Meanwhile , the Presidency on Friday denied a report that the President ’ s wife , Aisha, had been admitted to the hospital , where her son was being treated .

It stated that there was no truth in the news that Aisha suffered shock after she was told about the motorbike accident involving Yusuf .
“ I have not been briefed about that, ” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , simply said on the telephone when contacted .

But the Director of Information in the Office of the President’ s wife , Suleiman Haruna, was emphatic that nothing of such happened .

“ There is absolutely nothing like that . People can be so wicked in their thinking . Since her son is in the hospital , is there anything wrong with her being with her son ? The news is false , there is nothing wrong with her , ” Haruna said .

Buhari on Friday joined Muslim faithful to pray for the quick recovery of his son . The prayer session formed part of the Jumat prayers held in a mosque at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .

Government officials who participated in the session alongside the President were the Nasarawa State Governor , Tanko Al - Makura ; Minister of Education , Adamu Adamu ; and the Group Managing Director , Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation , Dr . Maikanti Baru .

The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Aso Rock Mosque, Sheik Abdulwahid Suleiman .
Others in the prayer session were presidential aides , villa staff , among others.

Suleiman urged the first family to accept the tragedy in good fate.

He prayed for God ’ s guidance and protection of the first family and all Nigerians.
The clergyman also prayed for peace and tranquility in the country. A similar prayer session was held on Thursday in the same mosque .

Also , the Oyo State Governor , Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Friday urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of Buhari ’ s son .
A statement by the governor’ s Special Adviser , Communication and Strategy , Mr. Yomi Layinka , quoted the governor as describing the unfortunate incident as depressing .

Ajimobi stated, “The abiding grace of God that allowed the ebullient young man to survive the crash will see to his quick and complete recovery . It is indeed heartwarming to hear that he is in a stable condition now and responding well to treatment .

“ On behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, I pray that Yusuf will soon be back on his feet . The incident is a temporary setback and one of the vicissitudes of life . He will come out of it stronger and will live long to fulfil his destiny.

“ In the African culture of being our brother’ s keeper , I urge Nigerians to continue to remember the first family in their prayers and thoughts in this difficult period . ”

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