A sense of deja vu is all over Nigeria now as a press statement announces that Buhari’s medical vacation which was supposed to see him back at his desk today, Monday, February 6 was postponed indefinitely.
While the word “indefinitely” was not used in the statement, the president is reported to have completed “medical tests” whose results necessitate he waits before returning to Nigeria.
Here is the brief release:
“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” the statement said.
“The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.”
Apart from the fact that such a long medical “tests” abroad is a direct indictment on successive governments’ incapability of providing good medical facilities in the country, especially Buhari’s, the present situation harks back to Yar Adua’s log and fatal illness which threw the country into near-constitutional crisis.
As in Late President Yar Adua’s sick days, rumors rule the day when citizens are left with what appear as deceitful releases, including a ridiculous supposed entreaty that Vice President ọ̀ṣíbàjo should resign!
Yar Adua’s VP, later President Jonathan might have been Acting President during his principal’s long sickness but, no thanks to one of the consequences of Nigeria’s weak institutions, he had no power as Turai Yar Adua, the First Lady as well as a few core family/Northern Muslims hijacked power.
While all Nigerians definitely wish the President a quick return to good health –
- we call on government to realize that the cost of taking care of the president in the UK for weeks would go quite some way in improving health care delivery in Nigeria;
- while he’s away, the vice-president should assume – not just in name but in actuality – the running of a government that has become near comatose even before this latest unfortunate turn of health for the Head of State;
- that no shenanigans as to succession be flown as kites while the man elected is alive and merely undergoing medical tests.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017. 4:43 a.m. [GMT]