Upon and despite his return from the (medical) vacation in London, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he will not resume power immediately and instead leave his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in charge.
In the capital, the head of state, looking gaunt in a billowing black kaftan, stepped off the helicopter and walked across the tarmac to be greeted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He also met security chiefs and senior government officials before being driven away to meet his cabinet.
At the meeting, he did not give any indication of what illness he was suffering from but said “I have received, I think, the best of treatment I could receive.
“I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man,” he added, referring to “blood transfusions, going to the laboratories and so on and so forth”.
But he said he was “pleased to be back”, although he disclosed that he may need “further follow-up within some weeks”.
Buhari’s return from London was announced on Thursday evening and he said he “came back towards the weekend, so that the vice president will continue and I will continue to rest”.
No timeline was given for how long Osinbajo, who was officially conferred powers as acting president, would be in charge.
Earlier Friday he was shown in photographs looking painfully thin at a meeting with the most senior cleric in the Anglican communion, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Buhari had previously traveled to London in June last year to receive treatment for what was described as a persistent inner ear infection. He left for London again in January but on the eve of his expected return on February 5, his office announced he had to extend his stay to receive medical test results.
In all of these, we are just thinking aloud and wondering why Sai Baba can’t simply resign, retire and rest. Judging from all these above, the back-and-forth medical trips and expenses, all of which indicate lack of physical, mental and psychological vigour to bear the rigour of leading a nation of over 200 million people, needs and interests, isn’t it best that he honorably resigns and evolve into being a true patriot who indeed put his nation first?
What do you think, yes you, dear Nigerian, shouldn’t Sai Baba just resign, retire and rest?
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