Nigerians who are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose his health status and resume or resign are disrespectful, the president’s social media aide said on Monday.
Lauretta Onochie, a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Monday, was speaking against the backdrop of a call by a coalition of youth groups asking the president to resume or resign.
But the president’s aide said Buhari’s absence had not affected governance because he handed over to his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, as required by the country’s Constitution.
It is very insensitive of anyone to begin to call on someone who is unwell to resume. Governance is going on, the role of the president is that of coordination; governance is a collective duty. When he (Buhari) was leaving, power was fully transferred to the Vice President and today, we have an Acting President.
I have no idea why anybody would disrespect another by asking for the details of their health status. As we speak, we have an acting president; president Buhari seems to be a private citizen at the moment; it is very disrespectful for anyone to ask for his health status.
She said the President can only disclose his health status if he wishes do so.
The president has acted constitutionally; he has not broken any law, any rule or any constitutional provisions in our nation. The prerogative to tell Nigerians lies only on President Buhari; it is disrespectful and intrusive, it is not right, it is not appropriate,” she added.