The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried alleged plot by the Presidency to keep shrouding President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness in secrecy, when the ruling administration prides itself as transparent.
It noted that Buhari cannot effectively discharge his official duties as a result of his ill health.
The PDP said the President’s latest medical trip to the United Kingdom (UK) was a confirmation that “President Buhari is unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state matters”.
Addressing the reporters in Abuja yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Nigerians will recall that before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April, Mr. President, without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly, as required by the constitution, undertook a private visit to the UK, where his doctors are known to reside, five clear days ahead of CHOGM. Nigerians were left in the dark for the period despite demands for full disclosure by the PDP.
“Only last week, two days after his departure from the United States, where he had gone for a state visit, Mr. President went ‘missing’ again. When concerns began to mount on his whereabouts, the Presidency claimed he had a ‘technical stopover’ in the UK, citing flight issues, only for revelations to emerge from the same Presidency, on Monday, that Mr. President was actually in the UK to see his doctors.
“In these circumstances, Nigerians were taken for granted, deceived and treated like lesser men and women without reasoning capacity, while our nation, at those periods, was left with no leadership as Mr. President refused to transmit power as required by the 1999 Constitution, as amended”.
Stating that it has no objection to the President taking care of his ailing health, the party said Nigerians have come to detest the alleged deception trailing the handling of Buhari’s health issues