The Presidency has appealed to Nigerians to always pray for the good health of ailing President Buhari and desist from spreading dangerous and unverified statements about Buhari’s health conditions.
The appeal is coming after it was disclosed that President Buhari’s sick leave is being extended in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, while charging Nigerians to always have goodwill towards the President maintained that “anybody can die; anybody who falls sick can also get well”.
While speaking to Press men, Adesina said Buhari’s return date was yet to be declared so as to enable the President get a clean bill of health from his doctors and also because ‘there is no vacuum in government’. In his words:
“My message will be what I also said before, prayers and goodwill- let us pray for him and have goodwill towards our president.
We as human beings must have goodwill towards one another. Any man can be sick; any man can get well; any man can even die, we are mortals. Anybody can die; anybody falls sick can also get well.
Therefore, all those who peddled those evil, mischievous, malicious and malevolent rumours on social media need to have a rethink. Instead of all those evil wishes they should have goodwill towards the president.”
According to PUNCH reports, a top government official on Sunday, admitted that Buhari was sick but it will be incorrect to say he is terminally ill.
Meanwhile, news of the extension has elicited mixed views in the polity as the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on Buhari to tell Nigerians the true state of Buhari’s health.
The PDP maintained that it was wrong for the President to also send letter to the National Assembly, extending his leave, without telling Nigerians when he would resume.
Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP spokesman, who was a former Minister of State for Works, said it was wrong for the President and his handlers to be trivializing Buhari’s health.
Adeyeye said the President being aware that he is not a private citizen, had chosen a wrong approach to address the issue of his health since he assumed office.
Stressing that Nigerians are the ones paying his health bills, the PDP pointed out that he owes Nigerians the truth of his real state of health. Hear them:
“He should not treat Nigerians with levity and he should also know what is obtainable in civilized countries. Nigeria is not a jungle. Imagine the President talking about a leave extension but not saying when he would resume?”
Adeyeye stated that there was no way the President could claim to be awaiting the outcome of medical tests without definite dates because medical tests have dates of collection of results, and can’t be open-ended without dates.
But in reaction, the APC urged the PDP to join other well-meaning Nigerians to pray for the President instead of sensing an opportunity to get even.
The APC speaking on Sunday through its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the PDP should not behave in a way that will make Nigerians begin to perceive that it is actually spreading the rumours of President Buhari’s death.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail the news of the extension as some have said it is in order while others say that a cabal had started holding the country to ransom and cautioned that Nigerians should not be taken for a ride.