Even as Nigerians continue to wish President Muhammadu Buhari speedy recovery from the diagnosed ear ailment he reportedly has, his spokesman, Femi Adesina has dismissed reports that the president is ill, saying the nation’s number one citizen performed effectively in office till he left the country for London yesterday.
Shortly after Sunday evening announcement o Buhari’s scheduled trip for rest and medicare abroad, prayers began to pour in urging the President to be strong and get well soon.
Said one Yusuf Tsakan on popular social medium, Facebook, “I’m not a fan of Buhari; but as a good Christian, my Bible orders me to pray for my leader and so I’m praying for our dear President Buhari for quick recovery. It shall be well with you PMB; it shall be well with our dear country, Nigeria; and may God give you wisdom to get us out of this hardship.”
For Adesina, he said, if the president had worked for a full year, getting a rest of 15 days, including five days in February, is not too much. He therefore urged Nigerians to wish Buhari well, saying God will take care of the president.
Nigerian Pilot further learnt that formal and informal wishes of better health flooded the presidency yesterday while some were via phone calls through presidential aides.
Adesina said, “the buzz going round town is that the president is ill, but ill will be a misnomer; it should not be the right word to use,” he told journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport shortly after the president departed.
“The president is going for 10 day rest and during that period, he will see specialists who will look at his ear; he has been treating that ear locally for some time.
“Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said, `you are going to UK, now that you will be there let specialists look at the ear.’
“They (Nigerian physicians) have treated it locally. So, it is not a question of whether the president is ill.
“If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do. Till the very last minute that he is traveling, the president performed the duties and functions of his office as president.
“So, illness is not the issue, but as a human being, yes he can rest. He has been president for one full year, you know that in February he took 5days leave; he is taking another 10 days now that means 15 days leave in one year.
“You and I take more than that, so it is natural that the president as a human being is taking 10 days rest but he is not ill. We need to underscore that. Rather than going into frenzy, I will urge Nigerians to show goodwill and patriotism; they should pray for him and wish him well.
“Things about health, life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well. God will take care of him and take care of the county.”
What manner of ear disease?
Yesterday, not a few health sites on internet suggested that the President may have an ear disease known as Ménière’s disease.
According to popular and reliable internet research site, Wikipaedia, Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Ménière’s disease usually affects only one ear.
Attacks of dizziness may come on suddenly or after a short period of tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some people will have single attacks of dizziness separated by long periods of time. Others may experience many attacks closer together over a number of days. Some people with Ménière’s disease have vertigo so extreme that they lose their balance and fall. These episodes are called “drop attacks.”
Ménière’s disease can develop at any age, but it is more likely to happen to adults between 40 and 60 years of age. Medical doctors confirmed to Nigerian Pilot last night that the disease is not deadly inspite of “some discomfort” that come with it.

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