Top Federal Government sources disclosed that there was no need for such updates since Buhari had handed over to his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is now the acting President.
Having returned to London for another medical vacation, there had also been calls for the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to provide daily updates on the President's health.
Punch recalled that Mohammed, had in December 2009, in his capacity as the spokesperson for the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, stated that,
He was referring to the late President of Nigeria, Umaru Yar' Adua.
He had said,
“Therefore, a daily briefing by the Minister of Information, based on authentic details provided by the President's doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the President, as a public figure can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends. Nigerians have a right to know.
However, a top FG source ruled out a daily update on Buhari's health
According to the source, Buhari's health status is of no consequence since there is no vacancy in government and things are running smoothly.
Another source said the president should be allowed to recuperate, adding that there was no point asking for details about his health condition.
“We, who are here in Nigeria, do not speak with the President daily so we can't give updates on his health.”
Meanwhile, lawyers across the country have warned politicians against making “unnecessary” visits to the President in London, where he is receiving medical treatment.
As politicians could be making plans to visit the President now that he has travelled to London for medical treatment again, lawyers have said no politician should be seen disturbing the President with “unnecessary” visits.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, said Buhari should take the bull by the horn and not be seen to be controlled by a cabal.
He said Buhari should tell anyone who wants to pay him a visit that he (the President) is not a tourist centre.
“The President should be able to tell the peddlers, the bootlickers and pretenders who want to be seen to be close to him that he is not Jerusalem or Rome, where people go to for pilgrimage.
“He should tell them that he is not Yankari Games Reserve or Obudu Cattle Ranch where people go to have fun. He is not Badagry or Kuramo Beach in Lagos. He has gone abroad to seek proper medical attention, to get treated by expert doctors. He looks sick. He has served the country well and there is nothing more for him to prove by remaining in office. So he needs to take care of his health. Dead men don't govern.”
Ozekhome added that having disclosed how ill he was and still is, the President should be man enough to say no to the cabal and power-mongers should they want to visit him.
Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said it would be a mockery of the Nigerian state for any politician to visit the President while he is receiving treatment abroad.
He said politicians travelling to London to visit Buhari would make the country a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
“Now that the President has travelled again without telling us the specific place he went to and the nature of his illness, it will be totally hypocritical for some politicians to try to use their visit to bribe Nigerians, making us to believe they care.
“Politicians who do so would be making a mockery of us abroad. They should not make us a laughing stock again; they should conserve the resources they would use to travel abroad to make Nigeria the kind of place they all rush to. It is not reasonable to be wasting our hard-earned foreign exchange on such trips.”
Adegboruwa added that if it was “really” true that the President is sick, then there is no need to visit him.
Also speaking, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Yusuf Ali, asked politicians not to bother President Buhari with any visit, describing such trips as an act of sycophancy.
Ali said those who paid Buhari visits during his recent 49-day medical trip might only have done so in order to be seen as loyal to the President.
“We saw what happened the other time the President was abroad for treatment — everyone started trying to overdo one another in showing that they cared for the President. Most of them also probably used state resources to do so.
“If someone is ill, they deserve rest. Even on medical ground, people should be discouraged from going there. Let's keep praying for him here and our prayers will work for him over there. Politicians should let the President be. Their going there will not heal him.”
Human rights activist, Annkio Briggs, said politicians should not visit the President in London while receiving treatment.
Rather than make “unnecessary” visits, Briggs said the political leaders should devote much attention to the problems facing the country towards solving them.
“Why would anybody leave their job to go and visit the President in London, wasting state resources? Of what value will their trip be to the country and to the government? Meanwhile, this government is toying with Nigerians' intelligence, or why would it be hiding the President's nature of illness?
“Then, they would say we should be praying for the President. How do we pray when we don't know what we are praying on? They should stop harassing us with prayers for the President.”