A former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief

Tongues have been wagging for weeks since President Muhammadu Buhari stopped making public appearances and absent at official duties.

This has fuelled the speculations that Buhari's health has deteriorated.

He expressed fears that the current turn of events may throw the country into anarchy.

In a statement issued on Monday, May 1, the APC chieftain said the President's ailing health is taking a toll on the country.

Akande said, "These are two great red flag dangers that have the potential of plunging the country into unprecedented chaos and of destabilising the gains of democracy since 1999."

"The greatest danger, however, is for political interests at the corridor of power attempting to feast on the health of Mr. President in a dangerous manner that may aggravate the problems between the executive and the national assembly without realising if, in the end, it could drag the entire country into avoidable doom.

"Let me warn today that those who wish to harvest political gains out of the health of the president are mistaken. This is not Nigeria of 1993.

"We are in a new national and global era of constitutionalism and order. We hope Nigerians have enough patience to learn from history.

"My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a "monumental proportion."

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Akande said he wept last Saturday when he did not see Buhari at the wedding of his grandson in Kaduna.

"I did not see President Buhari at the wedding of his grandson in Kaduna last Saturday. I was sad, and I wept," he said.

"When last we met at the wedding of his daughter in Abuja last December, I complained to him that I was not happy about his stressful looks.

"His reply connoted some allusions to circumstances where an honest man fighting corruption is surrounded mostly by unpatriotic, greedy ruling class. He felt painfully frustrated.

"He assured me he would soon be going on vacation. I then knew that corruption had effectively been fighting back. And I prayed for Nigeria.

"That was why Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I rushed to meet him in London in February this year when he was sick and could not return as scheduled from his vacation.

"The rest is history, but we must appreciate that his poor health is already taking a toll on the health of Nigeria as a polity."

The politician urged Nigerians to pray for Buhari's speedy recovery to prevent the eruption of chaos in the country.