- Residents of Kastina state, President Muhammadu Buhari's home state, have raised concerns over the health status of the president
- The residents said it has become pertinent that the presidency take the bull by the horn and allow President Buhari resign and attend to his health
- One of the residents, Abdulmumini Shehu Sani, said the president cannot hold Nigerians and Nigeria to ransom with his health condition
Residents of Kastina state, President Muhammadu Buhari's home state, have raised concerns over the health status of the president.
A resident, Abdulmumini Shehu Sani, said it has become pertinent that the presidency take the bull by the horn and allow President Buhari resign and attend to his health.
Speaking on the president's health, the chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Kastina state chapter Abdulmumini Shehu Sani said due process must be observed in handling the affairs of the nation.
Sani said those playing with the health condition of President Buhari are only bent on destroying the nation and the president himself.
He said: "In whatever situation of life, health matters and you cannot lead without proper health. You cannot be a dictator or mentor without proper and adequate health. And you cannot think and do the right thing without health."
He said one can only exhibit the desired courage to lead Nigeria when he is in good health.
“Let’s look at Nigeria as a whole that comprises over 180 million people, inasmuch as the leader is incapable based on his health status, let us follow the rule of law constitutionally for him to resign," Sani said.
"His incapacitation cannot take us anywhere. It is better for him to resign. I can call him my father because he was a school mate to my late father, Shehu Sani, at the Government College, Katsina. But the truth is the Nigerian constitution should not be manipulated to favour one person.
“If we want to be fair to ourselves, he should resign, he is not the only one that can lead Nigeria to the right direction. Let him resign and go back to his family so that he can receive proper medications so that he will be free from the burden of tension from Nigerians and recover,” he said.
Also speaking from Duara - President Buhari's hometown - a man who called for prayers for the president Malam Abba Mato said he decided to pray for him as prescribed by Islam.
He also allayed fears that the circumstance surrounding President Buhari's health can be likened to that of late Umaru Yar'Adua who was also from Kastina state.
Mato said: “The case of President Buhari is different in the sense that this government is open government. When Buhari was going out of the country, he wrote to the National Assembly notifying the lawmakers that he would be going for vacation and from there he would see his doctor.
“Again, his sickness is normal considering his age – over 70 years.
"You have to thank Almighty Allah for a President of this age to be performing well. It is not surprising that some people are peddling rumours that President Buhari is dead. Even in your community or home, you will see people who wish you good and those who wish you bad,” Mato added.
Meanwhile, the treasurer of Buhari Youth Congress for Change, the group which spearheaded the President Muhammadu Buhari support in Daura, Yawalle Kallah said, although there are concerns about the president's health condition, the Daura community is not worried because, the president is human.
"Today, you are healthy and tomorrow you are sick,” Kallah said.
Also, a former chairman and pioneer member of APP in Daura, Sani Kilishi said: “It’s sad to hear that today one of your own is sick.
"You will definitely not be happy. This now makes it binding on one to pray for such person and that was why we pray for him," Kilishi noted.
Reacting to the president's health, Abdulrasheed Funtua, a lecturer in one of the universities in Katsina, urged Nigerians to continue praying for President Buhari.
“Mr. Presidents state of health is destiny and sickness is not death. Take Senator Isiaka Adeleke, for instance, he was not sick but he died. So, it is destiny. And there is nothing we can do than to keep praying for President Buhari," Funtua said.
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