- The PDP has said President Buhari should do the needful, if it is obvious that he may not recover
- The party noted that just as required of all public servants, Nigerians expected the president to be fit and at work
- The party reminded the president of his own admission that he had never been this sick before
President Muhammadu Buhari has been challenged by the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to be sincere about his health challenges.
In a chat with Daily Sun, Buhari was told by the Akwa Ibom state PDP publicity secretary, Ini Ememobong, to tow the path of honor and bow out of office if his ailing health no longer permitted him to effectively function as president of Nigeria.
The party noted that Buhari had demanded same from late president Umar Musa Yar’Adua in 2009 when the latter took ill.
Ememobong stated: “Much as I sympathize with Mr. President, it depends on the kind of illness.
“If it is prolonged and it is obvious that he may not recover, the President should know what to do. There are different types of illnesses.
“We have prolonged illnesses; we have brief illnesses. Incidentally, it is even brief illness that kills people more.
“In the current circumstances, the President has admitted that he has never been this sick.
“So, much as we sympathize with him, the President cannot be on sick leave forever.
“People who voted did not vote a sick President; or did not vote a President who should be on the sick bed forever.
“We voted a President whom we expect should be active and work. In the circumstance, one of the conditions for someone who aspires to public office is that such a person should be fit in body and mind.
“Therefore if the President finds out that maybe, by reason of age or health complications, he is no longer capable or fit to govern Nigeria, then he can do what is honorable.
“He can do what he advised Yar’Adua to do or what he advised the federal executive council under Yar’Adua to do.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has left Abuja to visit her ailing husband in London.
A statement issued by Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the Wife of the President, she jetted out on Sunday July 2.
NAIJ.com however gathered that Mrs Buhari would stop over in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to make a symbolic appearance at the meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) on Monday July 3, 2017.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video asking Nigerians if they would donate a kidney to save Buhari if he needs one