Posted by News Express | 12 February 2016 | 2,821 times
A human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), has requested President Muhamamdu Buhari to declare his present state of health as stipulated by the rules and regulations guiding democratic Nigeria. It said that the President should be ready to comply with Chapter (VI), Part 1 of section 144 of the amended 1999 Constitution, saying that the emergency vacation taken by the President from February 5 t0 10 is an indication that he is hiding his true state of health from the Nigerian public.
The rights group also urged Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to the people of the country at home and abroad for his recent unguided utterances which have resulted in the stigmatisation of Nigerians before the international community.
CHRSJ in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman, Comrade Alimi Sulaiman Adeniyi, equally noted that the President till this moment has failed to attach his School Certificate Examination result to the Form CF001 as requested by the Section 131(1d) of the 1999 Constitution as amended while filling his INEC nomination form to contest for the office of President. This, according to the group, has set a bad precedent in the nation’s electoral process.
The statement said: “By now, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Presidency should come out to tell the public the present state of Buhari’s health which made him to take sudden vacation from office while in official visitation abroad. Section 144 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Freedom of Information Act has empowered the citizens of the country to know their President’s health status.”
CHRSJ alleged that Buhari used his sudden vacation to receive treatment in a foreign hospital.
The group recalled that during the 2015 presidential election campaign rally in Kogi and Ekiti states, Buhari had declared that it was wrong for any political office holders and government officials in the country to be patronising overseas hospitals, promising that if elected President, he would put a stop to it, noting that “Charity must beginning at home.”
CHRSJ advised Buhari to stop wasting the meagre resources of the country on incessant
tour of foreign lands “like his political mentor, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, which had no impact on the country’s growth, progress and development.” It urged Buhari to look inwards to solve the mirage of problems facing the nation “as no nation of the world would come to solve our nation’s problems for us.”
•Photo shows President Buhari.
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