Still on the issue of Buhari’s health, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Alfred Adewale Martins, has advised President Muhammdu Buhari to resign if his state of health would not allow him to reform Nigeria according to his campaign promises.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to celebrate his 58th birthday, Archbishop Martins said it was only moral for Buhari to leave office so as to ensure his health condition did not jeopardise the progress of the nation.
According to him, to resign is a function of the individual [Buhari] and doctors who know the true state of his health.
Read his statement on Buhari’s Health:
“I believe that to resign is a function of the individual and doctors who are able to give us the true picture of the state of affairs of the health of the president.
“If the state of his health has gone so bad that it’s impossible to function then obviously the moral thing to do is to take the steps necessary to ensure that his health situation does not create a problem for the nation.
“But I think we need a lot more information in order to be able to call for the resignation or not. As it were today we do not have any independent information about the true state of affair of his health and therefore I will find it difficult to either support or not support unless there are some indications of what the true state of health is.”
On the issue of detained political prisoners, the Archbishop called on the Federal Government to respect court orders on the release of those who are still in detention.
He argued that it would be a reflection of the sanctity of court judgments and the independence of the judiciary than of individuals concern.
Archbishop Martins also asked the government to view the agitation for Biafra as a wake-up call for necessary amendments in the country, adding that “major restructuring of the country to ensure true federalism as both the name and the constitution of Nigeria connote is the right way to go.”
He noted that no meaningful progress can be expected as long as the current structure in which the constituent parts of the federation still subsists as if they were appendages of the Federal Government.
Pointing to the fact that most states in the present configuration of the nation were a creation of military fiat and depend on Abuja for monthly allocations, he urged the Federal Government to do the needful before the expiration of its present tenure.