President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he ignored advice not to fast due to concern over his health, saying he did so because of the benefits of fasting. The president added that participating fully in the month-long Ramadan fast had made him ‘healthier to attend to national issues.’
Buhari made these comments at the presidential villa in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led by the FCT minister, Mohammed Bello.
The president, who disclosed that he could not fast last year due to ill health, said he was able to fully participate in the spiritual exercise this year. He said:
“I’m very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid el-Fitr to those of us that have been fasting. “A lot of people asked me if on health grounds I could fast. I refused to (heed their advice) because I know the value in fasting; I cannot miss it once I can do it. “Last year I didn’t, because I was on health vacation, but this year I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be healthier and also given me the time that I need to attend to national issues.”
President Buhari also urged all citizens to embrace the reality that Nigeria must exist and continue as one nation, noting that the country needs all its human and material resources to succeed.