The controversial governor of Ekiti State Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has now become a part-time and ceremonial President who is only seen during the Friday Jumat service at the Presidential Villa.
Concerned about the President’s continued absence at public functions, Fayose stressed that Nigerians did not elect General Muhammadu Buhari to function as a “Friday President” adding that it is necessary for Nigerians to be properly informed about the wellbeing of their President.
The governor, who said he was glad that his constructive criticism was getting to the President and his handlers, accused some close allies of the President of deliberately shielding him and preventing him from attending to his health so as to continue to run the government on the basis of “Mr President has directed” even when the President did not direct anything.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose noted that Buhari is not immune to illness, urging the President to seek proper medical attention and allow Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to constitutionally act as the President.
“But it is doubtful if those cabals that are obviously running their own Presidency within Buhari’s Presidency will allow him to take a long vacation, probably outside Nigeria to take care of himself.
“That’s why Nigerians are told every day that the President said this and that with the President neither speaking directly nor attending any official function. This is not good for the image of a country like Nigeria that is struggling to get out of economic recession.
“It is only when the President is seen and heard physically that Nigerians will believe that they are not being ruled by a part-time and ceremonial President, whose powers are being exercised on his behalf by some cabal,” he said.
This is but one of the many times the Ekiti State Governor has expressed concerns about President Muhammadu Buhari’s health in recent times.
In a statement released on Thursday last week, Fayose had alleged that there could be many presidents operating in the present administration.
“Every day, what we hear is the president said this, the president said that without seeing the president in any official function and one is prompted to ask; where is the president?
“I saw the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal on television responding to his suspension and what came to my mind was that there could actually be many presidents operating in the Buhari’s presidency.
“Perhaps, it is for this reason of possible existence of governments within the government of Buhari that confusion pervades the polity, with the president himself writing letters to the senate to clear someone of wrongdoing and the same person being suspended three months after on the basis of the same allegation.
“It is also for this reason that the president nominated Ibrahim Magu to the senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman and the DSS – an agency under the Presidency – wrote the senate not to confirm him,” he said.