Buhari’s health: False­hood el­e­vated to an art

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

With the re­cent visit of some gov­er­nors and All Pro­gres­sives Congress lead­ers to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in Lon­don, Nige­ri­ans now have in­con­tro­vert­ible ev­i­dence against the liars and alarmists who have cease­lessly ped­dled false­hood about our re­cu­per­at­ing pres­i­dent.

As it is com­monly known, pic­tures don’t tell lies, and the pic­tures that dot­ted the front pages of most na­tional dailies where the pres­i­dent had lunch with some APC lead­ers has put to rest any doubts as to the sta­tus of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s health.

From the pic­ture of the meet­ing, it was easy to see and feel the ra­di­ance of his face and body. His con­cen­tra­tion and fo­cus on his vis­i­tors and the dis­cus­sion go­ing on equally debunked sev­eral lies and pro­pa­ganda about the state of his health. Pre­vi­ously, Nige­ri­ans have been in­un­dated with scary sto­ries of a man on life sup­port, and whose speeches are in­audi­ble. But now, we know bet­ter.

The sense we can make in all of these is to take the crit­ics to task by chal­leng­ing them to de­sist from mis­in­form­ing the pub­lic. The at­tempt to sen­sa­tion­al­ize Pres­i­dent Buhari’s ill health, and cre­ate panic in the coun­try is need­less and will not serve the in­ter­est of any­one in­clud­ing the ped­dlers of lies and mis­in­for­ma­tion.

Nige­ri­ans can now rely on the news that fil­tered out from the wife of the pres­i­dent Aisha Buhari and the act­ing pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo that the pres­i­dent will be “re­turn­ing soon”. For any ail­ing per­son it is in­cum­bent on the med­i­cal doc­tors han­dling him or her to de­ter­mine the dis­charge date.

To be sick is hu­man and Pres­i­dent Buhari can­not be an ex­cep­tion. Granted that the high of­fice he oc­cu­pies de­mands cer­tain re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, yet dis­clos­ing his ail­ment to the pub­lic is his pre­rog­a­tive, and this has not vi­o­lated any law of the land.

In a sit­u­a­tion as this, Nige­ri­ans ought to be in uni­son to pray for the quick re­cov­ery and re­turn of Mr. Pres­i­dent. For the avoid­ance of doubt, it is in the en­light­ened in­ter­est of all Nige­ri­ans that Buhari re­cu­per­ates fully and re­turns to his duty as he re­mains a sta­bi­liz­ing fac­tor in the scheme of things in Nige­ria.

Iti­sal­so­con­sol­ingth­atPres­i­dent Buhari’s ab­sence has not cre­ated a vacuum in lead­er­ship, and this is partly be­cause he ad­hered to due process and trans­parency by trans­fer­ring power to his deputy. On his part, the act­ing Pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo has also given a good ac­count of him­self by run­ning the af­fairs of gov­ern­ment smoothly in the ab­sence of Pres­i­dent Buhari.

Buhari’s emer­gence as pres­i­dent has be­come an eye opener for Nige­ri­ans on the level of sleaze in the var­i­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive or­gans of the coun­try. To­day, hu­mungous amounts of money have been re­cov­ered and re­turned to the na­tional cof­fers. One can only haz­ard a guess as to the grave im­pli­ca­tions the un­con­trolled sleaze would have had on the na­tion’s econ­omy.

Sim­i­larly, it is to his credit that the ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of the men­ac­ing Boko Haram have been cur­tailed and the coun­try now en­joys rel­a­tive peace. Un­der­stand­ably, there are still iso­lated in­ci­dents of bomb­ing, yet the war has been sub­stan­tially won by the Nige­rian mil­i­tary over a pe­riod of two years. Ter­ri­to­ries be­ing pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by the sect have been re­cov­ered, and the ter­ror­ists are on the run and in dis­ar­ray.

Un­der Pres­i­dent Buhari, Nige­ria has wit­nessed ac­cel­er­ated growth in var­i­ous sec­tors, es­pe­cially in the area of econ­omy, agri­cul­ture, in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment and a re­ori­en­ta­tion on our at­ti­tude to pub­lic of­fice. It is there­fore wor­ri­some that de­spite his de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­fo­cus the coun­try on the path of value re-ori­en­ta­tion and ac­cel­er­ated eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, that some un­pa­tri­otic el­e­ments have been ped­dling false­hood and ru­mors against his per­son. Ob­vi­ously, the in­ten­tion is to cre­ate ill will and un­nec­es­sary ten­sion in the land. But this is un­called for.

Nige­ria is at cross-roads presently on ac­count of the var­i­ous ethno-re­li­gious ag­i­ta­tions in the coun­try, and no peacelov­ing group or in­di­vid­u­als will stoke the em­bers of divi­sion and con­flict as it is ca­pa­ble of ig­nit­ing a con­fla­gra­tion of unimag­in­able di­men­sions.

The visit of APC gov­er­nors and lead­ers to Pres­i­dent Buhari in Lon­don has in­deed raised our hopes of his im­mi­nent re­turn to Nige­ria. There­fore as we await his re­turn we fer­vently pray and hope that it will usher in a new era of

By now, the is­sue of the Pres­i­dent Buhari be­ing on life sup­port or not must have been put to rest as even PDP gov­er­nors like Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi and Mr. Udom Em­manuel of Akwa Ibom states were on the re­cent del­e­ga­tion that vis­ited him in Lon­don. The visit has also some­how re­stored calm and peace to the coun­try as many politi­cians jostling for rel­e­vance have re­alised that they can­not change the plan of God for Nige­ria through Pres­i­dent Buhari

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