Again, President Muhammadu Buhari failed to make the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for the third consecutive time. The meeting which was held inside the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja was presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
But Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said Buhari was working from home. According to him, the President needed some rest and had asked that all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for treatment. Apart from Buhari, no fewer than 20 ministers were absent. Buhari has attended the council meeting only once since he returned from a medical vacation in the United Kingdom, where he spent 49 days.
Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, constitutional lawyer and rights activist has asked the government to come clean on the exact current state of the president’s health. In a statement, Ozekhome said:
“There is nothing to be ashamed of about this. PMB is over 74, for God’s sake. Even younger elements fall ill. There is no need for a shadowing faceless cabal to hold PMB down in a simulated prison, incognito and incommunicado, denying millions of Nigerians who elected him, including those who did not, of his presence, action and Presidency. It is simply callous and inconsiderate of them. There is no need to put Nigeria on a dangerous precipice, through needless anxiety, curiosity, guesswork, permutations, doubts, analysis, gossips, rumours and conspiracy theories.”
According to him, Buhari ceased to be a private citizen from May 29, 2015, when he was sworn into office as president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“He automatically became public property, whose deeds, misdeeds, action and inaction, are subjected to rigorous public scrutiny. This is one of the dire prices leaders pay for choosing voluntarily to be leaders. PMB can return to the UK for further medical attention, and rest, whilst his Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, acts in his place. This happened before for 49 days and heavens did not fall. Heavens will not now fall.”