President Buhari and his London vistors by Dele Momodu

President Buhari and his London vistors by Dele Momodu

Editor’s note: Publisher of Ovation International, Bashorun Dele Momodu says President Muhammadu is not comfortable disclosing the true nature of his ailment.

According to him, the images released by the presidency proved that the ’s leader was not yet fit to return to the country to resume.

In his latest article titled ‘President and his vistors’, Dele Momodu addresses the spate of regular august visits to where is currently vacationing.

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Fellow ns, let me warn quickly that a new circus has come to town and there is a theatre of the absurd ongoing in the city of .

The patrons are very important personalities from who have turned the supposed illness of our dear President Muhammadu into a stage play. At the rate these medical tourists are going, may be empty of all its fat cats as they jostle to pay obeisance lest anyone accuses them of nonchalance and of plotting against the President or wishing him dead. Yes, we can be that petty in this clime.

When President suddenly left our shores, several weeks ago, he did what our late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua failed to do which was to send a simple letter to the National Assembly about his intention to go on vacation or for medical treatment, or whatever, and hand over authority to his Vice President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

At least, it shows President had learnt a useful lesson from the experience of his brother and we must praise God for little mercies. What else could he have done? I think he should have improved on this uncommon performance by telling ns he’s been battling with some debilitating ailment for some time which necessitated his having to travel regularly and sometimes suddenly. For God’s sake, it is not a crime to fall sick. We all do, in various degrees, from time to time.

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At over 70 years on the surface of this earth, no one would expect President to be in the most perfect state of . It is a miracle that he survived the harrowing vicissitudes of life after he was thrown into a dungeon in 1985 during the military coup that toppled his dictatorship. He also had to contest some bloody elections a record four times before fortune smiled at him. Naturally, all of these events would have combined to conspire against his .

So why should he be ashamed of telling the world that his is failing and that he would have to attend to it as frequently as possible? No one needs to consult a doctor or a prophet to know our President is not very well at this moment and that he deserves our understanding and prayers.

Even if we thought otherwise, his visitors have virtually confirmed our worst fears. Aso Rock media gurus who have been regaling us with tales of how well and fit the President is should have worked harder on their powerful friends to stay in and wait to flood the airport whenever it pleases God to bring him back in one piece to . Rushing to to mark register is absolutely unnecessary and a total waste of scarce resources. The visitors have wittingly or inadvertently attracted more attention to the President’s frailty.

I have taken time to study some of the pictures that have emerged from the President’s shrine in and most of them did not do justice to whatever it is some people are trying to cover up by fire by force. The pictures have shown clearly why the President cannot just yank himself off from and return home pronto as his tedious job demands. It is very obvious that the President is no longer in of his own free volition, even if he ever was at some point.

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Someone should please beg the Good Samaritans to allow the President receive his medical treatment in peace and hopefully recuperate handsomely and adequately. Only his immediate family should be allowed access to him at this moment. The visitors actually make it look like they are on an espionage mission to ascertain the true state of the President’s in order to plot, position and manipulate what seems an impending power game, sooner or later. At the very best of intentions, the visits represent a free photo opportunity for the new and sudden emergency friends of .

Where’s the coterie of acolytes who fell over themselves to display unsolicited affection when the President was sick and flown to Saudi Arabia? If President is in perfect condition, as his ubiquitous media handlers want us to believe, they should allow him enjoy his vacation and return home when he pleases instead of fighting over the pages of newspapers and the airwaves singing discordant notes on how he may arrive today or tomorrow or claiming that his return is delayed by the uncompleted servicing of the Presidential jet when there is more than one such jet and, in any case, it is not a crime to charter a private jet on this one occasion, or beg one of his wealthy party members or friends to send a comfortable plane to pick him up and return him home in perfect comfort.

I’m sure they would be too happy and proud to do him that favour. Also, I know it is easier for the NTA to do a regular live broadcast from whenever our President misses home to assure us there is no cause for alarm. The President and his team seem to forget the importance and pre-eminence of the ordinary n citizen in all this debacle. They elected the President. He is answerable to them. It is to them he needs to turn to in order to allay their fears about his and rumoured death. He can do this by even a one minute video broadcast.

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What we are witnessing right now is a negation of what ever stood for. Our President was known to be a man of very modest means and humble existence. His attraction during the campaigns and what made him readily sellable to majority of ns was the abhorrence of ostentatious living as well as adherence to a disciplined and Spartan life.

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