The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC have countered the claim of the Presidency that despite rumour spreading in the country, that President Buhari state of health is stable. The NLC insisted on a presidential address from the UK.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who said this in an interview with CNBC Africa, which was monitored in Abuja, said Buhari could not be compelled to speak from the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the NLC has called on the President to speak to Nigerians.
The NLC argued that it would be proper for the President to make a public appearance to dispel rumours in the country about his health.
The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, told one of our correspondents on Thursday that the President should speak to Nigerians since Nigerians were worried about his health.
He said the President should call the bluff of those peddling orchestrated rumours by publicly addressing the citizenry.
Also, Adesina insisted that Buhari was only in London, UK, for vacation and was not in any hospital.
He said, “The President is in London on vacation. He is not in any hospital and he is not ill.
“When he was travelling last week, the statement we put out was that he was going on vacation and during the vacation, he would do routine check-up and nothing has changed from what we pushed out last week.
“If anybody has fed something else into the rumour mill, that is just what it is – rumour.”
When asked if Buhari would be willing to talk to Nigerians from the UK, Adesina said the decision could only be taken by the President himself.
The presidential aide said any attempt to compel Buhari to do so would amount to infringement on his rights.
“The fact that he is a President, he still has his rights. Compelling him to come out and talk will be infringing on his rights. The President will talk if he wishes to. If he doesn’t wish to, nobody will compel him to talk.
“The truth is that the President is on vacation and he has given a date on which he will return to work,’’ Adesina said.
Also on Thursday, the Federal Government debunked the rumour doing the rounds that governors met in Abuja on Thursday and deliberated on the health of Buhari.
It said the report was false. It also added that the governors were also not planning to send representatives to London to see the President.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he received members of the Presidential Initiative Committee on the North-East, who visited him in Abuja.
Mohammed said there was no need for the alleged visit, stating that the President was merely observing his leave as stated in the letter sent to the Senate before leaving the country.
He called on Nigerians to stop wishing their leaders sickness and death, saying there was nothing wrong with the President.
The minister added, “I would like to use this medium to refute the claim in some quarters that governors would meet in Abuja today (Thursday) and have discussion over the health of the President.
“Those peddling the rumour also claimed that the governors would send emissaries to the President in London.
“The report is false because the governors are not going to meet and will not send any emissary anywhere because the President is hale and hearty.”
Mohammed appealed to Nigerians to stop preaching what he described as hate and also stop wishing their leaders bad things.
He also urged those behind the rumour to stop it forthwith.