PRESIDENT BUHARI’S HEALTH TAKING IT’S TOLL ON NIGERIA – Chief Bisi Akande
Former interim National chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande has appealed to Nigerians to be praying for the restoration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
Akande made the appeal in a statement released on Monday, May 1, adding that it would avert a looming crisis which the development could throw the nation into.
He stated that he knew the president was seriously ill when he did not show up in Kaduna last Saturday, April 29 for the wedding ceremony of his grandson.
Akande noted that corruption had started fighting back now and the nation needed Buhari to hold on to ensure a total victory against the forces of evil. Chief Akande warns that the president’s health should not be used to for political gains.
He however, warned those who might want to make politic.al gains from the president’s ill health to have a rethink, saying Nigeria of today was quite different from that of 1993.
In a source statement : “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.”
Akande and Asiwaju Tinubu visited President Buhari in London in February when the president was on medical vacation. Meanwhile, a Pentecostal Bishop, Reverend Seun Adeoye, has urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of President Buhari, saying his well-being is so important to the nation’s co-existence and stability.
Bishop Adeoye warned that if anything should happen to President Buhari, such would be a difficult burden for the nation.