By OKECHUKWU PEACE
Amidst growing health concerns, President Muhammadu Buhari will proceed on a 10 day vacation abroad while Vice President Osibanjo will assume the role of Acting President for the period.
On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from the President on the floor of the Senate seeking permission from the lawmakers to embark on a 10-day vacation abroad.
In a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said “President Muhammadu Buhari leaves for the United Kingdom today on a short leave, which is part of his annual vacation. He is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.
“During the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups.
Human Rights Lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa recently raise alarm over the President’s health alleging that it allowed a cabal to “hijack” the presidency.
He said, “The President is truly and truly sick, to the very point that sickness can be inferred, and this is known to many people around him, but they are denying and “padding” it because of their personal and selfish interests.
“It does not gladden my heart to know this, as sickness cannot be a reason to kick against anybody, given that we are all human, but Nigerians have a right to know the true state of health of their leaders, especially the president given the enormous functions and powers attached to his office. He cannot rule us by proxy.
“All the so-called international trips and State visits embarked upon by the President so far, were meant to attend to his failing health. The international community and indeed most foreign investors are aware of the true state of the president’s health, as he has visited and received treatment in their hospitals.
“On account of this sickness, the president is manifestly not in control of affairs in Aso Villa and has been hijacked by some cabal, who are directly in control of all critical national issues, even to the exclusion of the Vice President and indeed leaders of the ruling APC. This much has been attested to by the president’s wife and indeed the Senate President.
“Presently, we have on our hands, another Yar’adua scenario, whereby some cabal are using the state of health of the president to achieve their own personal gains at the expense of the nation.
“This sickness and the cabalistic conundrum have in turn led to a collapse of governance, ruined the economy and paralyzed the national wheel of progress.