Buhari Alaafin of Oyo warns against politicising President’s health

The Alaafin also cautioned those mocking Buhari over his health challenge, adding that it's not proper.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses members of his cabinet in Abuja on March 10, 2017 play

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses members of his cabinet in Abuja on March 10, 2017

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III has warned Nigerians against politicising the health condition of President Buhari.

The monarch also called on every citizen of Nigeria to pray for the recovery of the President.

The Alaafin also cautioned those mocking Buhari over his health challenge, saying it is not proper to mock the sick.

According to Vanguard, he said “I have been following with great interest though mixed feeling comments that have been generated on both social and conventional media on the state of health of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Muhammadu Buhari.

‘’Let me state very clearly and unambiguously that in African culture, it is not proper to speculate the death of the sick. In Yoruba culture in particular, it is an abomination not only to speculate but to wish a fellow mortal dead. Neither is it proper to mock the sick because only God determines the future of everybody.

“In the custom belief and tradition of the Yoruba, death is not age determined. That is why in Yoruba tradition, we always pray for the recovery of the sick, no matter his age.

 “In the particular case of President Buhari; although like any mortal, he may be physically sick, that sickness is not in any way transferred to the style and level of governance in the country.

”In other words, the President might have been delegating some responsibilities to the Vice President; he is still much in charge of the government.

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 “That is why recent insinuations and interpretations including some political hypothesis on the state of the President’s health is not only uncalled for but unwarranted.”

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

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