The official spokesman for the President Muhammadu Buhari family who is also his cousin, Malam Adnan Na-Habu, said that the president is not sick as people believed to be his opponents are claiming, rather, he is just aged.
Speaking with The Sun in an interview published on Thursday, May 4, Na-Habu dismissed the concern that President Buhari’s health condition may render him incapable of running the affairs of the country, adding that has the chance of staying in office beyond 2019.
“I know some Nigerians especially the critics of this administrations have been using age and sickness to propagate the idea that Buhari should not run this country now and beyond 2019.
“I don’t think there is a problem with his health as I said earlier. You see there is a difference between sickness and being aged.”
Na-Habu maintained that age had nothing to do with the Buhari’s leadership style, adding that there are other leaders in Africa who are far older than him.
He continued: “When someone is aged we believe that he cannot act the way you and I can act because of the age. Be it as it may, Nigerians should judge
“When someone is aged we believe that he cannot act the way you and I can act because of the age. Be it as it may, Nigerians should judge
Be it as it may, Nigerians should judge Mr President by his performance not based on his age, because in Africa, there are leaders that are far older than him, and they are still in power, managing their country successfully.
“So being aged is not a deformity. Instead, the person will be given more wisdom to reason. I believe that most of the statements are coming from his opponents.
“It is pure politics. Obviously, by 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari has a chance to continue, provided he chooses to re-contest the presidency.”
Stressing that he is so close to Buhari’s family that he wines and dines with them whenever he is in Abuja, Adnan Na-Habu insisted that Buhari’s health was not a hindrance to governance.
“You see in the family if there is anything that will make him incapable to govern this country, we are the first set of persons that will ask him to throw in the towel.
“Mr President is in power not because he wants to be the President but he wants to make a significant impact and contributions to the development of the country by correcting the anomalies in the governance which I believe, Nigerians must have seen in his approach”, he said.
Malam Adnan Na-Habu noted that Buhari’s administration met Nigeria’virtually grounded’ but has made a huge impact in the nation since it came into power.
“Take electricity as an example”, he said, “the generation capacity was also below 400 megawatts, but no matter how cynical one may be, he knows that electricity supply has improved.
“Many areas that spend weeks or months without light are now enjoying 6 to 10 hours of electricity”, the spokesman claimed.