A leading Northern politician, Dr Junaid Mohammed has said cabals have taken over Aso Rock and are trying to deceive Nigerians just as it happened in the case of Yar’Adua.
Following the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to return on a date he had written to the National Assembly informing them he would return, some people have expressed missed reaction over the latest development. The President had written the National Assembly informing them that he wouldn’t be able to return as he promised in order for him to receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
The indefinite extension has raised mixed views as Nigerians believe the cabals in the government are already holding us to handsome through this means.
While reacting to the news, Second Republic, Dr Junaid Mohammed, said it is unfortunate Nigeria is being held to a ransom by some cabals within the administration of President Buhari.
According to him, “The development regarding the President’s health is a very bad indication and it is unfortunate Nigeria has found itself in another quagmire. It is also unfortunate that Buhari and his handlers are trying to cause another constitutional crisis rather than telling Nigerians the truth. This development is similar to that of Yar’Adua when a cabal with the help of his wife held this country to ransom and deceived Nigerians”.
He went further: “During Yar’Adua’s administration, 180 million Nigerians were taken for a ride. The same people in the Villa under Buhari have started towing the same path. I believe Nigerians should rise up against this if the Senate cannot impeach the President who now seems to be incapacitated and unable to discharge his duties as President of Nigeria”.
“It is now seen that the cabal do not want an end to this and that is why they keep playing us. These are some of the things we have seen ahead and have been shouting that Nigerians should be told the truth about the President’s health. I pray God saves Nigeria but Nigerians must take their own destiny into their hands,” he added.
However, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has assured that there is no cause for alarm. He said the President is in good health.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives. Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes.” he’s quoted as saying.
Adesina spoke further on a Channels Television programme monitored in Lagos last night. Excerpts of his conversation with the programme anchor on the state of President Buhari’s health:
Channels: Are you not really sure of what exactly the ailment he has gone to the UK to treat is? Nigerians deserve the right to know.
Adesina: You know that there is doctor-patient confidentiality; no doctor would release that to you.
Mr. Adesina, the President asked for the vote of Nigerians and they want to know the situation of things.
I am sure that if we get to point when the President has to disclose the status of his health, if he needs to disclose, he will do that.
Mr. Adesina, if I have a headache, I will say it and as an adviser to Mr. President are you saying you are not aware of Mr. President’s health status?
I am not aware and when I say that to you, believe it, I am not aware. The President is the one who can release his own medical status. The day he left, we spoke and he told me this was his condition. He told me he is going to rest and he would do medicals and that was included in the statement we released. If there is anything serious, the onus is on Mr. President to disclose or not to disclose. Knowing this President as a straight forward person, if there is anything that he needs to tell Nigerians he will surely do so.
He has asked for the prayers of Nigerians and if you are praying for someone, you need to know what you are praying about.
It is not necessary If you asked me to pray for you, Mr. Adesina, I will ask you what you want me to pray on.
You can pray for people without even knowing specifically what is wrong with them.
God Himself will want to know what you are asking from Him.
No, you are looking at it from a narrow perspective. You can pray for people you did not even know.
You are aware of the rumours in the social media about the state of Mr. President’s health. Are you assuring Nigerians that Mr. President is okay?
Those carrying malicious and evil rumours have the right to the rumours they are carrying. We didn’t respond to them. We have told you Mr. President is okay. When they said he was dead, we said he was alive and that answers the questions as far as I am concerned. Now that he says he wants to do more medical investigation, if you want to pray for him, you do not necessarily need to know what exactly is wrong; just pray for well being of Mr. President.
Do you know when he is returning?
If there is a day he would be returning it would have been in that statement. The issue now is that there is no vacuum in government, no lacuna, because power has been transferred to the Vice President who is Acting President, so Mr. President can take the time he desires and when the doctor gives him a clean bill of health, he can return home.
It was also gathered through Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, that the Senate is in possession of the letter.
Asked the content of the letter, he said: ‘’The letter is with the Senate President, but he is not in town, we cannot open the letter until he comes back,” adding that the Senate President will open the letter when he returns to Abuja from Ilorin.