Ace lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana and various human rights bodies in Nigeria have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take a medical leave immediately to enable him attend to his health.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Femi Falana; the Executive Director, SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni; Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, Professor Jibrin Ibrahim; Executive Chairman, CACOL, Debo Adeniran; and Country Director, Search for Common Ground, Chom Bagu, in a joint statement issued on Monday, has advised Mr. President to take the advice of his personal physician and take some time to attend his health.
Part of the statement read:
“As we join the Nigerian people of goodwill to pray for a speedy recovery of President Buhari, we are compelled to advise him to heed the advice of his personal physicians by taking a rest to attend to his health without any further delay,”
“When President Muhammadu Buhari was recently in the United Kingdom on a medical vacation, which lasted 49 days, many public officers said that he was ‘hale and hearty.’ But upon his return to the country, President Buhari disclosed that he had never been that sick in his entire life.
“Even though the president did not disclose the nature of his ailment, he revealed that he went through blood transfusion. While thanking the Nigerian people for their prayers, the president announced that he might soon travel back for further medical treatment.
“A few weeks ago, the governor of Kaduna state, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai urged Nigerians to give President Buhari time to recover from his sickness. The plea was made after the governor had visited and presumably assessed the state of the president at the presidential villa in Abuja.”
It would be recalled that President Buhari had returned from the UK in March after been away on medical vacation for weeks
But due to the apparent deterioration in the president’s health condition, he has neither been seen in public in the last one week nor attended the last two meetings of the federal executive council. His absence at the last Jumat service in the villa has fuelled further speculations and rumours on his medical condition.
Instead of embarking on a regular briefing on the actual state of the health of President Buhari, officials of the federal government have continued to assure the Nigerian people that the is no need for apprehension over the matter.