- The various visits of lawmakers and top politicians to President Muhammadu Buhari in London, have triggered mixed feelings back home in Nigeria
- Some Nigerians are of the opinion that the emerging photos of the President and those who visited him, are a good sign that the president is healthy
- Other Nigerians are of the the opinion that more than photos being splashed all over social-media, the president must attempt to reach out to the people
- The Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHRACC) has asked President Buhari to return home as proof that he is really alive
While doubting the true state of health of the president, coupled with his alleged phone conversation with President Donald Trump of the United States, FHRACC has called on Buhari to return home if he is truly hale and healthy.
The group noted that the presidency was only acting a script to buy time.
Naij.com had earlier reported that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday, February 15, visited Buhari in London and claimed that the President was hale and hearty.
According to Daily Post, FHRACC in a statement issued by its National President, Alaowei Cleric, said if the President was fit as claimed by his party members and aides, he should return home and resume duties.
The statement reads in full:
"We are dismayed over the trending news that President Donald Trump of the United States of America has called President Buhari on phone while the later is enjoying his esoteric leave in the UK.
We would not have bothered to respond to such fabricated lie which ultimate end is to deceive gullible Nigerians; our concern is the length they have gone to cook up stories just to buy time.
While Nigerians are eagerly waiting to see their President, it is shameful that the presidency is using the controversial vacation of Buhari to the UK as a platform to manufacture lies. Of what good will it do to Nigeria if the US government refutes this claim like that of Tinubu’s bizarre journey to the UK?
On the contrary, if the said purported call is true then we have been vindicated. It only proved to us that the voice of Jacob is acting ceremoniously in Nigeria while the hands of Esau is performing the executive functions from the UK.
The Nigerian constitution does not provide for parliamentary system of government. Nigeria can only have one President at a time. The content of Trump conversation with Buhari as published in the media is a usurpation of the power of the Acting President. If actually Buhari is hale hearty, let him come to the country to resume duties.
He should not be in the UK, while on leave, to receive correspondents on behalf of the Government. That should be the functions of the Acting President.
Considering the above convoluted rhetoric, we hereby renew our earlier call that President Buhari should address Nigerians in an audio-visual message. If however he is sick as being insinuated by some persons then let him declare himself unfit to rule the country, in case his condition calls for that, so that the Acting President can become the substantive one.
Buhari should know that his aides have held the country to ransom with his absence.
The presidential image makers have turned out to be presidential liars to be publishing headline news of Buhari’s contact with select Nigerians in order that they can evade the question of their principal’s health status in the UK. What a pity? We are calling on Nigerians to be vigilant. Cabals are at it again.
If all is well with our President, we see no reason his close political associates are paying him visit in the UK with confusing circumstances.”