Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir el rufai and the other power mongers that convinced Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the presidency again in 2015 after the gentleman has told the whole world that 2011 will be his last presidential contest has done a great disservice to the North in particular and Nigeria in general.
We knew that Buhari was sick even in 2011. They knew the guy's condition was deteriorating towards 2015, yet for their own selfish purposes they convinced him to contest again, while promising that they will rally round and help him to govern.
Today the chickens have come home to roost!
On January 7 this year, for the third time within a period of eight months, President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to notify the National Assembly that he would be proceeding on a leave of 10 working days in the course of which he would also temporarily transfer power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
Yesterday Buhari's Spokesman announced that his vacation has been postponed Indefinitely, "to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors."
Today, Yemi Osibanjo, a Yoruba is effectively a president-in-waiting!
If we blamed Olusegun Obasanjo for imposing Umaru Yar'adua on Nigerians in 2007, we should blame El rufai and Tinubu for imposing Buhari on us in 2011.
It will disgraceful if the north - out of their own making - is cheated twice in the occupancy of the Aso Vila.
The presidency has alerted Senate President Bukola Saraki that it shall be sending the letter notifying the National Assembly of the extension of Buhari’s vacation in Britain.
The entire episode is reminiscent of 2009 when the late President Umaru Yar'Adua left Nigeria Saudi Arabia for medical check-up throwing the country into confusion.
Buhari left Nigeria for the UK on vacation on January 19 and was slated to return yesterday, preparatory to resumption of work today.
While in the UK, the president was also to undergo a routine medical check up, the presidency had said before his departure.
However, while in the UK, speculation was rife over his health. Some online media outlets went as far as reporting fake news on the president death while others speculated that he was in a critical condition.
Many Nigerians at the time had demanded that the president address the country from wherever he was to reassure the nation. However, that never happened.
In order to douse fears over his well being, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Buhari’s media aides issued a number of statements allaying concerns over is health.
These were followed by the release of photographs to substantiate the claim that the president was alive and well.
The first photograph showed the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun and Senator Daisy Danjuma visiting the president in London. Another showed the president having either lunch or dinner with Amosun, while the two others showed the president’s wife Aisha sitting and standing beside him.
Some, however, doubted the authenticity of the photographs demanding that the president himself should address the nation.
Last Monday, a statement was also issued by the vice-president’s media aide, Mr. Laolu Akande claiming that the president had personally called the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Solomon Lalung to commiserate with him on the death of his wife, Briskila.
But as the nation waited with bated breath yesterday for the president’s jet to touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the information minister issued a statement denying a report attributed to him saying that all the presidential jets were undergoing repairs and none was available to fly the president back to Nigeria.
His spokesman Mr. Segun Adeyemi said: “Our attention has been drawn to a report quoting the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as saying that the president’s return to Nigeria may be hampered by a faulty aircraft.
“The minister has not spoken to anyone on the issue of the president’s return, hence this report is another from the stable of the purveyors of fake news and should be disregarded.”
But as the news spread that the president was not going to return to Nigeria yesterday as scheduled, the news pitted Nigerians against one another.
While some received it in good faith and sent their well wishes, many others described the scenario as a possible re-enactment of the 2009 situation when the late President Umaru Yar’Adua departed the country on a medical trip to Saudi Arabia, leaving the country in a state of uncertainly over his health.
Even when his comatose body was returned to the country under the cloak of darkness, his close aides and wife embarked on a huge cover up and lied to the public about his capacity to lead until his eventual death in May 2010.
Reacting on social media yesterday, one Odita Udemagu said: “The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari is very sick. I think he needs our prayers and I wish him a quick recovery.”
Also toeing the same line was Adeniyi Adeagbo who wrote: “God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. God bless President Buhari and may he get well soon to finish his job of making Nigeria great again.”
While there were several messages that wished the president well, they were many who expressed outrage at his handlers for shrouding the nature of his sickness from Nigerians.
One of such was General Número Uno who tweeting from @Utioh wrote: “Governor Ayodele Fayose warned us that President Buhari is not fit. Now, where is our missing president?
“Indefinite leave? President Buhari enjoy your stay. Yemi Osibanjo (Acting President), can you now forward the name of Onnoghen for confirmation?”
Illoy Atiku tweeting from @Iloydatiku said: “President Buhari should help himself… resign now.”
On Facebook, one Yemi Badejo was sarcastic, when he wrote: “It’s a lie. General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) will land today oooo. Shebi some people shared his pictures where he was chopping rice and chicken during the week!
“We are still waiting for him to land oooo. Where is my watch make I dey go airport go wait for GMB.
“The lie and propaganda of this government deserves recognition in the Guinness Book of Records! His supporters should roll out the drums too. Continue!”
Nollywood Director, Charles Novia was among those that alluded that this present scenario could be likened to the mystery surrounding the sickness and eventual demise of Yar’Adua.
He said: “And President Buhari has extended his vacation indefinitely. Vacation turns sick leave and the nation is on tenterhooks. 2009 all over.”
There was even the downright bizarre from Sunny Bridge who wrote: “I am not saying President Buhari is dead o, but I don’t think he is still on this planet.”
Nwaegede Onyebuchi wrote: “From the missing Chibok girls to missing certificate and to missing budget and now President Buhari is missing too.”
Ekeru Kingsley said: “NYSC corpers (sic) have not been paid and President Buhari is extending his holiday.”
According to Mark Daniels, the senate should not accept indefinite medical leave.
President is a political post for a limited time period, and therefore if Buhari is unfit to carry on, VP Osibanjo should be sworn in immediately.
When exactly will the lies stop, asked Benedict Chindi.
The initial letter to the national assembly said this man went on 10 days vacation, then his aides "clarified" that he'll also see his doctors for routine medical checks, now the story is that he'll be away indefinitely so he can do more tests and get the results of the tests he has carried out. What medical test comes without a definite timeline? X-ray? blood tests? culture? How about the option of emailing the test reports to Buhari or his doctors when complete.
We've danced to this music before, and we know the events that played out. In fact Yar'adua's aides told the country that he was sick and has gone to see his doctors in Saudi Arabia, while Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu as is their habit, have lied to the country from day one. Yar'adua's aides fleeced the country's treasury during that period of uncertainty, and there's no doubt Buhari's aides will do the same. They have the power and access to the treasury (especially free and cheap FX at the CBN), but are only accountable to a sick principal. Don't be deceived the so called acting president is only there for show.
When exactly will the lies stop?
These lies cannot go on forever.
President Buhari should simply resign and take care of his health...for his sake, for his family and for the sake of the country.