That audio starring President Muhammadu Buhari gives me the chills.
The audio was released by the president’s handlers on June 25, 2017. The Nigerian leader was conveying his Eid-el-Fitr felicitations to his compatriots back home, in that audio.
The audio was designed to calm frayed nerves and assure Nigerians that their leader is still alive.
Buhari left Nigeria for a medical vacation on May 7, 2017. It’s the second time the president would be leaving Nigeria for a medical vacation abroad in the last six months. Cumulatively, the president has now spent more than 100 days away from his work desk, in that time.
That means in a calendar year of 365 days, the president will probably be on a vacation for half a year. There’s nowhere else in the world where this happens. No employer of labour would take that and Nigerians are the bosses here.
The Nigerian presidential jet has been parked in a London hangar for 50 days now and running, all at taxpayers' expense.
According to Akande Akin Sanyaolu, a social media user, "the idle Presidential aircraft in London consumes £4,000 every day in parking lot fees…by 12am this morning, it would be 50 days it has stayed idle and if you multiply that by N400/1pounds for 50days, it will amount to N80M doing nothing but waiting for the President to get well…."
According to Section 144 (1) of the 1999 constitution, as amended:
The President or Vice President shall cease to hold office if:
"a) By a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of all the members of the executive council of the federation, it is declared that the President or Vice President is incapable of discharging the functions of his office and
"b) The declaration is verified, after such medical as may be necessary by a medical panel established under subsection 4 of this section in its report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives".
Section 144 (2) (3) reads as follows:
"Where the medical panel certifies in the report that in its opinion, the President or Vice President is suffering from such infirmity of body or mind as renders him permanently incapable of discharging the functions of his office, a notice thereof signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be published in the official Gazette of the Government of the Federation.
3) The President or Vice President shall cease to hold office as from the date of publication of the notice of the medical report pursuant to subsection (2) of this constitution".
We’ve got to call a spade by its name - President Buhari is critically ill.
All you need do to agree is listen to that Sallah audio again.
All you need to do to agree is look at pictures of the president between March 10, 2017 when he arrived from his first medical vacation of the year and May 7, 2017, when he embarked on another.
With each picture, Buhari looks increasingly pale, gaunt and frail. He moves with difficulty and his speech is a blur.
The man is obviously in pains and we should relieve him of his misery.
We shouldn’t be burdening the president with the onerous task of sifting through piles of paperwork or decision making at this point.
In a sane country, Buhari would have stepped aside or thrown in the towel.
In a sane country, the federal executive council and parliament would have made the decision on Buhari’s behalf.
He’s becoming too ill to govern and governing a country like Nigeria takes a lot, trust me.
Dear esteemed readers, what do you think? Is it time to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign?
Kindly leave your thoughts in the comment section below.