Posted by News Express | 5 July 2017 | 2,443 times
A civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, has given a 48-hour ultimatum for the country’s ailing President, Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation as his 60th day on medical vacation in the United Kingdom approaches.
The group in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Convener, Deji Adeyanju, and Secretary, Dr. John Danfulani pointed out that July 4th, 2017 marked 58 days of Buhari’s absence from his office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and from the country as a whole.
The group said: “During this period, he has not made any public appearances either in London or in Nigeria and has only clandestinely ‘communicated’ with very few people and an infamous voice note spoken in Hausa wishing Nigerians happy Eid.
“Furthermore, details of President Buhari’s health status have been kept away from the generality of Nigerians while his media team and other members of his cabinet/party make conflicting comments regarding his health. As at the time of this statement, no one including members of his party as admitted by Bolaji Abdullahi a spokesperson of his party knows the true medical condition of the President’s health. Is it cancer as speculated? Is it dementia or Alzheimers as reported by different Nigerian media? No answers have been given by the Presidency.
“We acknowledge that during this period, President Buhari has satisfied constitutional requirements by transmitting letters to the National Assembly, handing power over to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in an acting capacity.
“The Acting President has not been able to exert his will and is being continuously subdued by the antics of the cabal, the same cabal that has kept the President away from the country without any explanation.
“We also recognise the failure of the leadership of the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki in launching an investigation or setting up a panel to look into the true status of the President’s health as we believe that they have been compromised; and working with the cabal against the Nigerian people. The leadership of the National Assembly must choose between the Nigerian people and the cabal. 60 days is too long for a Commander-in-Chief to be away from his country without any explanation to the people that voted him.
“We hereby demand that the Senate President invokes section 144 subsection 4 of the Nigerian Constitution and direct the setting up of a medical panel in conjunction with the Acting President, to ascertain whether the President is incapacitated.
“This medical panel will be a team of five doctors from which one of them will be the personal physician of the President while the other four will be appointed by the Senate President.
“If the President is found with any infirmity that renders him incapable of discharging his duties, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall officially declare him incapable of discharging his duties and declare his office vacant as prescribed in subsection 2 of section 143.
“To this end, we urge President Buhari to address the nation via a live video on or before the 60th day of his absence. In failing to do so, we will begin a series of peaceful processions and mass action across the country such as Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kaduna and also outside the country in London and New York aimed at sensitizing the public as to the legal and constitutional crisis created by President Buhari’s continued absence from office and the insistence of the cabal to shield him away from his constituents, the Nigerian people.
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