Declare your state of health now, rights groups tell Buhari •Give 7 days ultimatum
Posted by News Express | 10 February 2017 | 1,617 times
A coalition of human rights groups under the aegis of the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has called on the President Muhamamdu Buhari to declare his present state of health as stipulated by Chapter (VI), Part 1 of section 144 of the Amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The group said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the indefinite emergency vacation taken by Mr. President since January 19, 2017, was an indication that the President had hidden his state of health from Nigerians. The coalition also urged the handlers, particularly, the aides, of President Buhari to stop lying on the true state of the health of Mr. President because he has been living on tax payers’ money since assumption of office on May 29, 2015.
The group maintained that it was totally wrong for Mr. President to just go on a medical vacation for his health related problem in foreign land without informing the public about the true nature of his health as Nigeria public ought to know the health status of their President.
Meanwhile, it faulted the Chairman; Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Katsina South Senatorial District, on the statement credited to him in the media on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari was not sick, but only exhausted as a human being, calling on Senator Ibrahim to tell his kinsman, Mr. President to talk to Nigerians in the next 24 hours from London Hospital or keep silent forever on this issue of national importance.
The group, however, gave a 7-day ultimatum to President Buhari to disclose his state of health to the Nigerian people in order to stem the rumours making the around. It noted that the medical trip by the President was a national embarrassment and a sign of monumental failure of Buhari administration in the health sector of the country.
It recalled that President Buhari has gone on medical vacation for more than four times since assumption of office on May 29th, 2015.The groups were drawn from; The Christian Awareness Mission Group (CAMG), Passengers Fundamental Rights Group (PATRGIA), The Islamic Political Awareness Group (TIPAG), Centre for Social Justice and Equity of Nigeria (CESJEN), Veteran Groups for Operation Clean Crusade (VGOCC), Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group (ASPVG), De-Mainstream Independent Group (DMIG) and Coalition Against Illegal Arrest & amp; Unlawful Detention (CAIA&UD).Others were; Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter Corruption Crusader, Save Lagos Group (SLG), The Conscience Mainstream (TCM), African Masses Voices for Survival (AMVS),The Christians Youths for the Peoples’ Rights and Development (CYPRD), Islamic Movement for Muslims’ Rights (IMMR), Divine Nigerians Liberators for Peoples’ Fundamental Rights (DNLPFR) and The Christians Volunteers Groups for Good Governance in Nigeria (TCVGGGN)