The former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan on new media, Reno Omokri is currently known for his strong criticisms of the present All Progressive Congress-led administration.
In a recent Twitter jab directed against President Muhammadu Buhari, Omokri described Buhari as a “Ghost President, with ghost achievements fighting ghost workers with an EFCC that goes after his ghost monies in apartments owned by ghosts”.
However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) warned him to be careful with his words when talking about President Muhammadu Buhari. The anti-graft agency tweeted its caution to Omokri on its official Twitter handle on the afternoon of Thursday, April 27.
The agency made it clear that even though Reno Omokri is entitled to his opinion and has the right to criticize the government’s policies, he should note that the least the president of any country deserves is respect from its citizens.
You may find yourself in that position someday and the least you would expect of anybody is respect. (2/2)
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) April 27, 2017
Reno Omokri made the ‘ghost’ comment just hours after reports emerged that President Buhari had again failed to attend the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, April 26 for the third time in three weeks.
It was reported that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at the meeting revealed that president Buhari will now be working from home henceforth.
Based on that, Reno Omokri urge any civil servant who is being queried or sacked for being absent from work to sue the Federal Government, adding that “if President Buhari can work from home, why can’t you?”. He continued “Mugabe that you
“Mugabe that you criticise doesn’t work from home at age 93. It’s not about age. It’s about capacity. If you can’t cope, hand over to Osinbajo!
“Work from home! Even Pope Benedict XVI, whose home is his office, resigned in 2013 when his health couldn’t handle the demands of the papacy.
“Hand over to Osinbajo! It doesn’t have to be permanent. Go take care of yourself. Aso Rock is a PRESIDENTIAL Villa, not a retirement home!”
Mr. Omokri was obviously not satisfied with making his point on Twitter so he moved over to his Facebook page to continue.
“From President Muhammadu Buhari’s residence in Aso Rock to his office takes a 5-minute walk.
“His office and his residence are connected by a corridor. If he can’t make it to the office despite the close proximity between your office and your residence, it suggests he may need something more than resting at home.”
According to Omokri, his call for Buhari to hand over to Osinbajo is not out of place, as the president had also given the same advice to ex-president Umaru Yar’adua in 2010.
“Remember what Obasanjo said on January 20, 2010. [He said] ‘If you take up an assignment, a job – elected, appointed whatever it is, and then your health starts to fail and you will not be able to deliver to satisfy yourself and to satisfy the people you are supposed to serve, then there is a path of honour and the path of morality. There is a path of honour and the path of morality.”