- An NGO, AIED, is demanding a live and interactive broadcast from Buhari to dispel rumours surrounding his state of health
- The AIED states that the request has become expedient following the rumours and counter rumours about the president’s health
- The group condemns what it describes as the mockery of the intelligence of Nigerians by aides of the president
A non-governmental organization, Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation in a live and interactive broadcast to dispel rumours surrounding his state of health.
The group in a statement signed by its director of research and publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, on Tuesday, May 2, stated that the request has become necessary following rumours and counter rumours ranging from incapacitation, disorientation and even death of the president, The Nation reports.
The group said the conflicting defences given by presidential aides on Buhari’s health is doing more harm than good to the administration.
The statement read in part: “Today the fragile fabric of peace and unity of our great country, Nigeria, is on the vestiges of ruin. The continuous non-appearance of President Muhammadu Buhari from sworn duties and the reports of cabal infiltration of the seat of power is not only worrisome but negates the tenets of democratic rule.
“From available reports, our seat of power has once again been infested by garrison of political jobbers and power musketeers who have taken over the affairs of the country in order to purge it of its resources and wealth.
“We condemn in totality the grand disregard of Nigerians and mockery of our collective intelligence by aides of the President who have turned matter of national importance into a comic show of who can lie the most.
“In light of this, we are hereby calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation in a live and interactive broadcast on the state of his health without further delay.”
Meanwhile, after some days of rest away from the office, President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to work.
NAIJ.com reports that the president's personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad disclosed this on Tuesday, May 2 in a couple of tweets on his verified Twitter handle.
According to him, President Buhari received briefing from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) General Managing Director Maikanti Baru.
He also received another briefing from the attorney-general of the federation and minister of of justice Abubakar Malami SAN.