Reno Omokri, a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Electronic Media, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a “ghost President,” following media reports which claim that the President will henceforth be working from home.
BuzzNigeria recalls that for the third consecutive time, Buhari had on Wednesday, April 26, failed to preside over the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting. Instead, he delegated his role to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo.
In reaction to this, the former Presidential aide said it was hypocritical for a government that fights ghost workers to be headed by a “ghost President.”
He further advised Buhari to hand over power to his deputy if he can no longer carry on. In a series of tweets on his social media handle, Omokri wrote:
“It is hypocritical for a govt that fights ghost workers to have a ghost President. If the President is sick, let him hand over to Osinbajo!
“If you thinks it’s harsh to ask President @MBuhari to hand over to Osinbajo ask him if he did not give the same advice to Yar’adua in 2010!
“A ghost President, with ghost achievements fighting ghost workers with an EFCC that goes after ghost monies in apartments owned by ghosts. This is what President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC have reduced Nigeria to!
“There is a certain person saying that you should not criticize the weak and that we should keep quiet and allow the President work from home and that criticizing him has spiritual implications.
“To that person I ask a question: Was Moses unspiritual when he took on Pharaoh even after pharaoh had suffered plagues and had lost his first son?
“Or was Muhammadu Buhari unspiritual when he criticized Yar’adua when Yar’adua was in the same situation as him? Or was Olusegun Obasanjo unspiritual when he advised Yar’adua to tow the path of honour?
“Who loves President Buhari between patriots who are urging him to do the honorable thing and a man who is urging a President who obviously needs a retirement home to stay and ruin what is left of his health by ruling the most complicated nation on earth from home?
“It was careless talk like yours that made Yar’adua cling to power instead of temporarily surrendering it to cater to his health: Please if you do not know how to play politics better keep kwayet and face your area of specialization.
“I urge any civil servant who is being queried or has been sacked for absenteeism to sue the FG. If President Muhammadu Buhari can work from home and still collect full salary, why can’t you?
“If the man with the most vital job can do his job from home, why should civil servants with less vital duties come to the office? What is sauce for the goose must also be sauce for the gander.
“Mugabe that you all criticize doesn’t work from home even at age 93. Even Pope Benedict XVI, whose home was his office, resigned in 2013 when his health could not handle the demands of the papacy.
“It is not about age. It is about capacity. You said the same thing about Yar’adua. President Buhari, if you cant cope, temporarily hand over to Osinbajo! It does not have to be permanent. Go and take care of yourself. Aso Rock is a Presidential Villa not a retirement home!”
After the FEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, reportedly told newsmen that the President was at home resting and would be working from home.
But a few hours later, the minister faulted the report, stressing that he was misquoted. Speaking through his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, the minister, however, clarified his earlier statement, saying: “The President only decided to work from home today, not that he has decided to work from home henceforth”.