Adesina spoke on the president’s vacation and numerous foreign trips during a programme titled “Politics Today” on Channels Television on Monday, February 8.
Buhari’s aide stressed that the president had been working hard for eight months and needed rest.
“Any man can fall sick, old or young, but the president is not sick, the president is well. The president has worked for more than eight months non-stop, and he felt it was time to take a respite and he asked for six days leave and he did it the proper way. He communicated it to the National Assembly, handed over power to his deputy and nothing is wrong with that,” he said
Adesina stressed that there was no hidden reason behind Buhari’s sudden vacation and called on Nigerians to believe the truth.
“Do you go on vacation because you are sick? You need respite from time to time and when you think it is time for respite, you take it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with his state of health.
“Nigerians have been lied to for so long that they are now finding it difficult to believe the truth and that is the problem. You have told the truth yet they did not believe it because they have a carry-over of those who have lied to them for many decades but this government will not lie; it will tell the truth,” he said.
Speaking about the president’s foreign trips, Adesina stressed that all of them were about Nigeria’s interests. He noted that foreign trips had yielded positive results, such as international support for the fight against the Boko Haram sect.
“He went to Chad; he went to Niger; he was to go to Cameroon but then the G7 invited him to Germany and what were those trips about?
“They invited him to brief them on the security situation in Nigeria. Those trips were about Nigeria’s interest. When he assumed office in May last year, there were a minimum of 20 local governments in custody of Boko Haram, local governments where they had hoisted their flags, where they had declared their caliphate.
“Now, today, not a single local government is under their territory. The governor of Borno state still reiterated it today. He didn’t do that by sitting pretty on his seat. He needed to build a coalition to form a regional force, which has been done, to battle insurgency,” he said.
According to Adesina, Buhari is so much in demand. He revealed that in September 2015, when the president went to the United Nations General Assembly, there were 23 requests from foreign leaders to speak with him. However, Buhari could oblige only eight of them.