President Muhammadu Buhari was again a visitor at the Cedar Crest Hospital, Gudu District, Abuja, where his son, Yusuf, who was injured in a motorbike accident, was hospitalised.
The President, who got to the hospital around 6pm on Friday, had visited the previous day (Thursday) alongside his wife and Yusuf’s mother, Aisha.
But the security situation around the hospital remained tense, as policemen screened those gaining entry into the medical facility.
A guard near the hospital told Punch that the First Lady was believed to have slept overnight till Friday.
“The dignitaries have not stopped coming. We see luxury cars every 10 minutes, we see police escorts; I can’t mention everyone who has visited today.
“But the wife of the President slept in the hospital. She is still with the injured son,” the guard who pleaded anonymity, said.
It was learnt that Yusuf’s friend, Bashir Gwandu, was also at the Intensive Care Unit of the Cedar Crest Hospital, Abuja.
The President’s son had collided with Gwandu during a motorbike race on Tuesday night in Abuja.
Yusuf’s younger sister, Hanan, said her brother was doing well. Hanan, in a message on Instagram, stated, “Yusuf is doing well. Alamdulilahi. Thank you for all the messages.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency on Friday denied a report that the President’s wife, Aisha, had been admitted to the hospital, where her son was being treated.
It stated that there was no truth in the news that Aisha suffered shock after she was told about the motorbike accident involving Yusuf.
“I have not been briefed about that,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, simply said on the telephone when contacted.
But the Director of Information in the Office of the President’s wife, Suleiman Haruna, was emphatic that nothing of such happened.
“There is absolutely nothing like that. People can be so wicked in their thinking. Since her son is in the hospital, is there anything wrong with her being with her son? The news is false, there is nothing wrong with her,” Haruna said.
Buhari on Friday joined Muslim faithful to pray for the quick recovery of his son. The prayer session formed part of the Jumat prayers held in a mosque at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Government officials who participated in the session alongside the President were the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Aso Rock Mosque, Sheik Abdulwahid Suleiman.
Others in the prayer session were presidential aides, villa staff, among others.
Suleiman urged the first family to accept the tragedy in good fate.
He prayed for God’s guidance and protection of the first family and all Nigerians.