By Dele Momodu… Fellow Nigerians, please permit me to say wherever two or extra Nigerians are gathered as of late the subject of dialogue should, naturally, dovetail to our pricey President’s state of well being and the consequential suggestion that our nation is ailing because of this. This controversy didn’t begin right now. I bear in mind how Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, the enfant horrible of Ekiti State, raised a horrific alarm, simply earlier than the 2015 election that finally catapulted Main Common Buhari again to energy. He had screamed to the entire world, certainly to excessive heavens, that the then APC Presidential candidate, Normal Muhammadu Buhari, had suffered mind injury and that he needed to be flown overseas in an air ambulance for remedy. I used to be in London at the moment and I keep in mind making frantic calls to impeccable sources who I consider would know the reality. I used to be in a position to receive footage of tourists to the modest condo Basic Buhari was staying on the time, which was someplace within the excessive forehead Mayfair. The guests included Nasir El Rufai and Kayode Fayemi they usually had been capable of dispel the ugly hearsay even when some doubting Thomases nonetheless believed the worst had occurred as Fayose continued to spur them on.
It’s about two years since that occurred and it doesn’t appear a lot has modified. The one distinction is that Buhari is now the President of Africa’s greatest nation and any information about him can be of larger curiosity to Nigerians, wherever they might be, and certainly the remainder of the world. Since assuming energy as Govt President, at any time when the President has travelled overseas on trip, the hearsay mill has gone into overdrive with all method of individuals espousing their very own theories as to what’s flawed with the President and the form of therapy he has gone to obtain. This journey isn’t any completely different. It has been compounde by the truth that it was introduced oin this event that the President was happening a medical trip as he would take the chance of his vacation to see his docs. This is the reason I consider the President’s info managers ought to attempt more durable to dispel the rumours. They left the door ajar with the small piece of data they offered. Mischief makers would make capital out of this as soon as nothing extra was stated in regards to the matter. There isn’t a large deal telling us how the President is spending his vacation, the place he’s staying and so forth. If certainly he’s seeing medical doctors for a routine verify up or worse nonetheless his well being is failing like occurs to all mortals, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We needs to be supplied with the knowledge and up to date usually with what is going on. If the President had routinely gone into hospital Nigerians ought to know the hospital as a matter of proper what hospital he has gone to and if doable the medical doctors attending to him. The medical doctors needs to be allowed to tell the general public as a lot as doable with out jeopardising his proper to the little privateness that he has left. The residents of Nigeria and the remainder of the world are anxious to know each little details about the President of probably the most populous black nation and they need to be obliged.
What appears clear to me is that these in control of disseminating details about the President don’t appear to grasp that when you grow to be President of Nigeria, particularly now within the period of social media, you change into a gold fish with no hiding place. The President of Nigerian is now not a non-public particular person upon assumption of workplace. His life belongs to Nigeria and Nigerians. That’s the easy reality that the President and his publicists should realise and settle for. It was at nighttime ages when folks suppose that they’re defending the President and Nigerians by not telling us about issues occurring to the President and round him.
If the President’s PR individuals are not obliging Nigerians then, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo ought to take cost correctly by addressing the general public and allaying the fears of the individuals. He’s a really cerebral one who should admire t
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