The pioneer national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande, has said that the dwindling health condition of President Muhammadu Buhari, is a major challenge currently facing Nigeria.
Mr. Akande urged Nigerians to pray for Mr. Buhari’s divine healing.
“To avoid the ugly consequences of letting President Buhari’s ailments throw Nigeria into confusion, I am urging all Nigerians to begin to pray for his divine healing and perfect recovery,” he said.
“There are two challenges facing the country today. The first and most critical is the health of the President which, unfortunately, is a development beyond his control and for which we did not prepare.
“The second is the disorder and lack of cohesion between the National Assembly and the Presidency. These are two great red flag dangers that have the potential of plunging the country into unprecedented chaos and of destabilising the gains of democracy since 1999.
“The greatest danger however is for political interests at the corridor of power attempting to feast on the health of Mr President in a dangerous manner that may aggravate the problems between the Executive and the National Assembly without realizing if, in the end, it could drag the entire country into avoidable doom.”
Mr. Akande noted the delicateness of the “Union of Nations” making up Nigeria, stressing that the democracy and the rule of law governing the Nigerian Federation were also fragile.
“Certain Nigerian leaders, having been blindfolded by corruption, assume the possibility of using money in manipulating the national security agencies to intimidate, suppress and hold down certain ethnic nationalities or playing one ethnic nationality against the other with a view to undermining the constitution and perversely upturning the rule of law,” Mr. Akande asserted.
“Let me warn today that those who wish to harvest political gains out of the health of the President are mistaken.
“This is not Nigeria of 1993. We are in a new national and global era of constitutionalism and order. We hope Nigerians have enough patience to learn from history.
“My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a “monumental proportion.”
Mr. Akande said the health of the president was intricately intertwined with the health of the nation.
He recalled that he did not see the president at the wedding of his grandson in Kaduna last Saturday, saying that he wept as a result.
“When last we met at the wedding of his daughter in Abuja last December, I complained to him that I was not happy about his stressful looks,” Mr. Akande recalled.
“His reply connoted some allusions to circumstances where an honest man fighting corruption is surrounded mostly by unpatriotic greedy ruling class.
“He felt painfully frustrated. He assured me he would soon be going on vacation. I then knew that corruption has effectively been fighting back. And I prayed for Nigeria. That was why Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I rushed to meet him in London in February this year when he was sick and could not return as scheduled from his vacation.
“The rest is history but we must appreciate that his poor health is already taking a toll on the health of Nigeria as a polity,” he said.