- The Alaafin of Oyo warned Nigerians to stop making comments and utterances that could endanger the country's unity
- Oba Lamidi Adedibu said in Yorubaland, it is an abomination to wish anyone dead as it is customary to pray for a sick person's survival
The monarch reminded Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is human and thus can be sick like any other person
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has warned Nigerians to stop wishing President Buhari dead describing it as an abomination.
NAIJ.com reports that Buhari is currently in London for a continued medical examination while Professor Yemi Osinbajo acts in his capacity.
Oba Adeyemi gave this warning in a statement on Thursday, May 11 urging Nigerians to pray for the president’s speedy recovery.
The Alaafin, a top traditional ruler in Yorubaland, said he had been following issues concerning the president’s health and the speculation that had followed.
The monarch also warned against comments that tend to put the country’s unity in danger or cause friction between Buhari and the vice president.
“I have been following with great interest though mixed feeling comments that have been generated on both social and conventional media on the state of health of the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Let me state very clearly and unambiguously that in African culture, it is not proper to speculate the death of the sick.
“In Yoruba culture in particular, it is abomination not only to speculate but to wish a fellow mortal dead. Neither is it proper to mock the sick because only God determines the future of everybody.
“In the custom, belief and tradition of the Yoruba, death is not age determinant. That is why in Yoruba tradition, we always pray for the recovery of the sick, no matter his age,” the monarch said.
NAIJ.com reports that Oba Adeyemi noted that as a human being, President Buhari had the tendency to be sick, but that sickness has no link with the style and level of governance in the country.
“In other words, the president might have been delegating some responsibilities to the vice president; he is still much in charge of the government.
“That is why recent insinuations and interpretations including some political hypothesis on the state of the president’s health is not only uncalled for but unwarranted.
“It is both uncharitable and untenable for the state of the health of the president to be given any ethnic insinuation of any form.
“Let me state with every sense of clarity and candour that it is not the practice and tradition of the Yoruba to benefit from the misfortune of others,” the Alaafin said warning that nothing should be done to break the wall of unity and cohesion in the presidency especially between Buhari and Osinbajo.
“It is on this note that I am appealing to all Nigerians irrespective of religious or ethnic differences to remain focused and united in their prayer for the quick recovery of Mr President.
“The President has remained faithful to the Nigerian cause.
"He deserves reciprocity from all Nigerians by being faithful to him too in a united prayer for his quick recovery,” he said.
Watch this video of Nigerians reacting to the decision by President Buhari to embark on another medical trip: