Written By Damilola Faustino
On May 7th, President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to London on medical vacation, leaving the country in the hands of Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Fast forward to today, 90 days after, the advocate of change is still in London receiving medical care. We have seen pictures. Pictures of Governors paying a courtesy visit to PMB and these governors keep informing Nigerians that PMB will soon return.
This visit was soon followed by that of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, John Welby. Again, photos of the visit were widely shared on social media but we did not hear anything concrete about the health status of the President nor did we hear about when he is actually coming back.
As usual, there has been serious politicking on the health of the President with political skimmers and gladiators positioning themselves in the case of any eventualities. Meanwhile, others have been vocal about his health. Leading this narrative is the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
This is Nigeria. Do not be surprised or shocked about the things that happen.
Unfortunately, this scenario is repeating itself again. We cannot forget what happened to Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. The sickly former Nigerian President who left for medical leave to Saudi Arabia. Everything about his health was micromanaged by his handlers. Eventually, the cold hands of death took him away and the handlers had no choice than to exit power thus allowing President Goodluck Jonathan take over power.
This should have been avoided if perhaps they briefed and updated Nigerians about his health status.
Nigeria is a country where normal things become abnormal. Even though Senator John McCain is a Senator of the American senate, he announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. Nothing happened to him. In fact, he was shown overwhelming support. Why is that of Africans and Nigerians different?
Amidst this chaos on PMB’s health, the fight against corruption has slowed, Boko Haram is gradually gaining momentum but importantly, the economy is slowly recovering.
We pray PMB comes back but the timing for his return is getting more sinister to the point that a betting company has asked Nigerians to stake on the President’s return.
The handlers of the President must know that it remains less than two years for his tenure to end before they request for the votes of Nigerians. The question they should ask themselves is ‘will Nigerians vote for a sickly President who is on medical leave in London?’
The answer is as clear as day.