Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has urged Nigerians to pray for
The governor made the comments on Thursday, February 9, while receiving the General Overseer of Champions Glory Assembly Church, Pastor Joshua Lasisi at the Government House.
“I want to equally join Nigerians to pray for the President and ask God to give him good health,” Fayose said.
“But the best thing we should all realize is that the presidency owes Nigerians accurate information about the situation of things. Otherwise people would continue to spread one rumour or the other.
“Nigerians demanding for truthful and accurate information about the President’s health from the Presidency are right because the moment you assume such a position, your life has become public. So, we should let Nigerians have the accurate information about the whereabouts of Mr. President.
“At the same time Nigerians too, should be praying for the President. Nobody has control over health challenges, the only thing they are doing wrongly is hiding the facts from Nigerians.
“I cannot say I cannot be sick when I’m sick because I am a public figure. I represent the interests of many people. They must know where I am, what is wrong and what am doing it is the right of every Nigerians. But I want to urge all of us to stick together and pray for Mr. President,” he added.
In February 2015, before Buhari became president, Fayose insisted that the former military ruler was suffering from an unknown ailment and receiving treatment for it in a London hospital.
"Gen. Buhari is not well, he is sick in the hospital. This is not personal. I am not against the north, I am not against the south. Our leaders should show us their medical records," Fayose said at the time.
“I am saying that Nigeria needs a healthy leader who will be able to address the problems of this country. Even in advanced countries, those wishing to lead present their medical records because they know the amount of energy to be deployed,” the governor added.
President Buhari’s health has been the subject of controversy since he left Nigeria for London on January 19 for a 10-day medical vacation.
The government has repeatedly denied rumours that the president is either critically ill or dead and even threatened to punish rumour mongers.
The situation was escalated further on Sunday, February 5, when Buhari extended his vacation indefinitely.
According to the president, who was initially due to resume on February 6, he is staying back due to the advice of doctors who urged him to wait to complete a test cycle.
However, according to Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, Buhari is not in any danger healthwise.
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has also said that the president is hale and hearty, a sentiment which was mirrored by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
“Happy to have spoken with @NGRPresident @MBuhari tonight. He was in good spirits and joked about my working late into the night, as usual,” Saraki tweeted on Wednesday, February 8.
The Presidency, on Thursday, February 9, released photos of the president in which he was seen receiving All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande.
Meanwhile, a source in the presidency has said that Buhari might be back in the country on Saturday, February 11.