The Oasis Reporters
July 25, 2017
Serious mindgames are currently being played out by Nigeria’s politicians over the health status of the country’s president, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari who has remained sequestered in London since May 7 on a medical vacation.
Therefore what Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said about Buhari coming back home in two weeks time might be true, for if he stays away from duty for three months at a stretch, the constitutional provision of incapacitation can be invoked to have him removed from office as the country’s president.
To avert that about three months ago, his residency in London was abruptly cut short when he was suddenly flown back into Nigeria where he admitted that he had never been that sick in his life. After signing a few papers on military postings, but attended no Federal Executive Council meeting, he flew right back to London, where he declared that only his doctors can determine how much longer he could stay away from Abuja, attending to his ailing condition.
A leading opposition politician and former minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday described as old and fake the photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari having lunch with some APC leaders, said to have been taken in London on Sunday.
In an article currently trending on the internet, Fani-Kayode said he reliably gathered that the picture “was taken during a Ramadan (celebration) in Abuja sometime back and not yesterday (Sunday) in London”.
Mr. Fani-Kayode doubted Buhari’s much-reported meeting with some governors and asked why the Nigerian and foreign media were not allowed to cover the proceedings and participate in the event.
Wondering also why the Aso Villa press corps did not take one of their own cameramen to London to make a short video of the event, he pointed out that though the photograph was meant to have been taken in London, “curiously, all the drinks on the table are Nigerian products and Nigerian-made.
“Did the governors take all those drinks along with them to London when they went to see the President?” the uncompromising critic of Buhari asked.
Femi Fani-Kayode had been previously detained by the country’s secret police and has remained more trenchant in his criticism of the government after his release.
Fani-Kayode also sought to know if Buhari was no longer returning anytime soon, as claimed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and some government officials who, he noted, “recently told us that he (Buhari) would be back on the 28th of July”.
He described the photograph and the governors’ visit as “puerile and nauseating conspiracy”, asking “Why did Buhari not shake anyone’s hands during the photo-shoot?”
“Why did he not get up from his chair…? Why was he just sitting there …?” Why was Buhari not recorded on audio tape or interviewed while he was with his guests?
His rhetorical questions have indeed kept tongues wagging despite what Rochas Okorocha had earlier been quoted as saying when he told the BBC that the President was unperturbed about the “cocktail of lies” over his health condition.
Yet the same governor Okorocha who said only the President’s doctors could determine when he’d be back to Nigeria, suddenly added that Buhari should return in two weeks time.
He didn’t indicate whether he had spoken to the doctors.
Okorocha, was among a delegation of APC leaders that visited Buhari in London on Sunday.
“By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling.
“All those who look up to fake news can find better use for their time,” the Imo governor said.
He may have concluded, but the president’s kinsman, Lawal Idris has insisted that the President should talk directly to Nigerians and apologize to them, claiming that evil people have hijacked the presidency under Buhari and that he is no longer in control of his administration.
[ Read also :
Lawal Idris is reputed to have dragged Muhammadu Buhari into politics after his retirement from the army.