In a sign of growing international knowledge that President Muhammadu Buhari is seriously sick, despite comical efforts by presidential spokesmen to characterize his extended stay in London as "a vacation," King Mohammed VI of Morocco yesterday spoke to Mr. Buhari over the phone, the subject turning on the Nigerian leader's health woes.
In a press release disclosing the phone conversation, Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, stated that the Moroccan monarch "had a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, where the Nigerian president is on vacation."
But in a clear sign of Mr. Buhari's I'll health, Mr. Adesina added, "The King, who initiated the call, asked after the President's health and expressed satisfaction at his rate of improvement."
The two leaders also discussed the current stage of the Morocco-Nigeria Atlantic crude oil pipeline project.
King Mohammed VI thanked President Buhari for Nigeria's support in returning Morocco to the African Union and notified him of Morocco's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The Moroccan King also expressed his intention to make the Rabat-Abuja strategic partnership a framework for regular consultation and cooperation on African issues of mutual interest to both countries.
President Buhari, who thanked King Mohammed VI for the phone call, said that he looked forward to deepening relations between both countries.
According to Mr. Adesina, President Buhari thanked the Moroccan king and "said that he looked forward to deepening relations between both countries." President Buhari has spent more than five weeks in London after initially leaving Nigeria on what was supposed to be a ten-day vacation in the U.K.
SaharaReporters has disclosed that doctors in Britain are treating Mr. Buhari for prostate problems as well as Crohn's disease.