El-Rufai, Okorocha, APC Governors set to visit Buhari in London

El-Rufai, Okorocha, APC Governors set to visit Buhari in London

By Yemi Esho, Abuja

When the President of a country is sick, the country is glaringly sick especially in the Nigerian context. The Nigerian president possesses absolute power and is one of the most powerful heads of government in the world. He is the ‘alpha and omega’ as he has the power to ‘kill and resurrect’, hire and fire at will.

AljazirahNigeria recalls in the last 60 days or thereabouts, President Muhammadu Buhari has been away on medical trip London to attend to his health issues. This trip is the second in recent times and tongues have started wagging if indeed the president would be able to perform his constitutional roles as conferred on him by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It is true that the president assumed power at a very advanced age. He was 72 when Nigerians overwhelmingly gave him their support to bring the much-needed change to the polity which was allegedly bastardized by the last administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, however, Nigerians believe that the president should call it quit if he has become incapacitated, infirmed or senile.

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Angry reactions from Nigerians

Although, All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftains notably the party leaders and the governors have stood solidly behind the ailing president, Nigerians would like to know the true state of health of Buhari who they claimed is spending tax payers’ money in the London hospital where he is recuperating.

They queried the idea behind the president spending so long a time in a foreign land when there are many pending issues of national importance to be attended to. AljazirahNigeria learnt Nigerians are not happy that the presidential jet, Air Force (NAF 001), has been reportedly gulping £4,000 daily since May 7, 2017 where it is parked at a London airport in the last 60 days.

Invariably, apart from the medical bill which the Presidency has not revealed, the £4,000 spent daily on the jet is equal to N100.8 million at official exchange rate to British pound sterling.

Cabals taking hold of the country

AljazirahNigeria also learnt that Nigerians are worried that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo does not command the full presidential powers and so many unforeseen hands and cabals within the Presidency and retrogressive elements from the National Assembly are frustrating him.

Is it not an irony that it is the same government of the APC that has been its own albatross? Just on Tuesday (July 4, 2017), the Senate suspended all issues relating to the confirmation of nominees submitted by the executive over what it termed as a move to reduce its legislative powers. The current power play followed the presentation of a letter from the acting president for the confirmation of Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila as director general of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) which was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki during the plenary.

The Senate accused the executive of wanting to usurp its powers in a democratic set up. Senator George Sekibo who was recently sacked by an Election Tribunal which sat in Abuja called on the Senate to postpone the request pending when the power of confirmation would be cleared. Also, a former governor of Zamfara State now a Senator, Ahmad Yerima, cited Order 14 of the Senate Standing Rules which was based on privileges. He said the acting president has stated in the past the Senate had no power to confirm nominees sent to it by the presidency saying, “I don’t know whether the Acting president is changing his statement or action by this letter.”

It is a known fact that all these are happening because of President Buhari’s prolong absence from the country and lack of respect for the office of the acting president. No one dares Buhari because whenever he sneezes, all apparatuses of government shivers. Now Osinbajo is reportedly being attacked from all angles and risk impeachment except drastic steps are taken or the president recuperates fast and find his way back to the country.

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Apc Governors set to visit Buhari

It is amid this confusion that AljazirahNigeria gathered that the APC governors may be planning to visit the President in London to intimate him about the rift between the Presidency and the National Assembly and how governance has been brought down to its knees.

The governors, it was gathered, may be led by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai who is the president’s right-hand man and the chairman APC Governors Forum and Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha to visit their principal in London.

Although most of the governors are also grappling with economic realities in their respective states, they are sure that the president presence in the country will go a long way in calming fray nerves and restore sanity in the polity.

Investigations by AljazirahNigeria reveals the travelling may be in the pipeline but it has not been made public. In telephone interviews with very reliable sources from the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, they denied having knowledge about the trip by the governors saying, “For now, we don’t think there is any plan by the governors to go and see the president in London for now but be rest assured that we will get back to you if we get any information concerning the trip.”

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, last month has allegedly claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on life support since June 6 at a West End, London Hospital.

 

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