Chief Bisi Akande, the former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has appealed to Nigerians to start praying for the restoration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health stressing that it is intricately intertwined with the health of the nation.
In a statement issued on Monday, Akande maintained that Nigerians need to pray for the President’s recovery in order to avert a looming crisis.
According to the APC chieftain, it became obvious to him that the President was seriously ill when he[Buhari] did not show up in Kaduna last Saturday for his grandson’s wedding ceremony.
More so, Akande stressed that Nigeria needed Buhari (whom he said had been fighting corruption seriously since he assumed office) to hold on to ensure a total victory against the forces of evil.
Chief Bisi Akande also warned those who might want to make political gains from Buhari’s health to have a rethink, reiterating that the Nigeria of today was quite different from that of 1993. Hear him:
“The health of the leader is intricately intertwined with the health of the nation. It is more so in a delicately fragile union of nations called Nigeria. I did not see President Buhari at the wedding of his grandson in Kaduna last Saturday. I was sad and I wept.
“When last we met at the wedding of his daughter in Abuja last December, I complained to him that I was not happy about his stressful looks. His reply connoted some allusions to circumstances where an honest man fighting corruption is surrounded mostly by unpatriotic greedy ruling class. He felt painfully frustrated.
“He assured me he would soon be going on vacation. I then knew that corruption has effectively been fighting back. And I prayed for Nigeria. That was why Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I rushed to meet him in London in February this year when he was sick and could not return as scheduled from his vacation. The rest is history but we must appreciate that his poor health is already taking its toll on the health of Nigeria as a polity.
“There are two challenges facing the country today. The first and the most critical is the health of the President which, unfortunately, is a development beyond his control and for which we did not prepare. The second is the disorder and lack of cohesion between the National Assembly and the Presidency.
“These are two great red-flag dangers that have the potential of plunging the country into unprecedented chaos and of destabilising the gains of democracy since 1999.”
In the same vein, other eminent Nigerians such as Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), and seven organisations had on Monday, advised Buhari to heed the advice of his London doctors and take a further vacation to attend to his health.
Their concern was expressed in a statement jointly signed by Falana, the Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Adetokunbo Mumumi; Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Debo Adeniran; Chairman, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, Olanrewaju Suraj; Programme Manager, Democracy Vanguard, Shina Odugbemi; Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Awwal Rafsanjani; and National Coordinator, Procurement Observation and Advocacy Initiative, Mohammed Attah.
Others who signed the statement were Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development in Nigeria, Chris Kwaja; a pro-democracy activist, Chom Bagu; a community development expert, Ezenwa Nwagu; and an environmental activist David Ugolor.
Meanwhile, BuzzNigeria investigations reveal that a very crucial confidential meeting has held between three former Nigerian leaders in Minna, on Monday, April 1.
There are speculations that the meeting which was between Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) – was held to discuss issues connected to President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
Leadership reports that the meeting which lasted for over two hours was held at the hilltop home of the former military president, IBB.
It was learnt that visitors who usually besiege Babangida’s house were streamlined and even the closest domestic and security staff in the house were excused from the inner chamber at the time the meeting went into closed door.
Although details of the meeting are still unknown at the time of reporting, the former leaders reportedly met for over two hours before Obasanjo left the state at about 6:00pm.