The Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHRACC) has declared that Nigeria actually has two presidents rather than one.
Buhari is out of Nigeria on vacation in the United Kingdom where he is also undergoing medical examination. The country is currently being run by Professor Yemi Osinbajo in acting capacity.
Daily Post reports that in a statement by its national president, Alaowei Cleric, and its diaspora coordinator, Jerry Otuaro, the organisation said the conversation was a lie even though it has been confirmed by the White House.
“We have been dismayed with consternation over the trending news that President Donald Trump of the United States of America has called President Buhari on phone while the latter 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 awaiting 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 refute 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 group alleged.
The organisation added: “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.
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“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 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 it again. If all is well with our president, we see no reason why his close political associates are paying him visit in the UK with confusing circumstances.”