BUHARI’S HEALTH : Fayose A Cheap Talker, Ignore Him – Okorocha Tells Nigerians
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has berated his counterpart from Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose for alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is on life support.
Addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Okorocha said Fayose was the most incompetent person to talk about Buhari’s health status.
Okorocha maintained that there was nothing unusual with the President’s ill health as all humans were prone to fall ill.
Describing Fayose as a cheap talker who lacked accurate facts to back up his claims on Buhari’s health, he urged Nigerians to disregard the governor who he claimed was speaking from a point of ignorance.
Okorocha, who is the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum said, ”The recent statement credited to Governor Fayose over the health of Mr. President. I want to advise that Fayose statement should not be regarded, it’s baseless and there is no substance for that information. What he said is not right, it is uncalled for and that is simply hitting up the polity.
“In our culture and tradition, we do not play politics with people’s lives and anybody can be sick, anybody can be in the hospital, those making such categorical statement which is unfounded that Mr. President is on life support, is to the best of my knowledge a statement of hate.
“That is a cheap talk and Nigerians should not regard it. What we should do right now is to pray for Mr. President, wish him well, anybody can be sick. Even as he is sick out there, many people have been sick in Nigeria, so we should not politicize this and play politics with people’s lives and try to create hate and confusion in the system.
“I think that has become Fasoye’s style of talk and Nigerians must not take those kinds of talk serious because it is capable of creating confusion in the system.
“Moreover, the country is stable, the Acting President is doing a beautiful job, he is meeting up the daily duties of Mr. President and so there is no vacuum and so there is no cause for alarm.
“We must at this point give every support to Mr. President and we are hoping that very soon Mr. President will come back and join us. So that statement is a call for concern. I do not know if he is speaking from the point of view of being the chairman of the PDP governors forum or he is speaking as a person or as a governor.
“I do not understand but whatever it is, people must disregard this statement. We are not in campaign any more. President Muhammadu Buhari suffered a lot of campaign bashes when he was running for president. First his health should be left only for God to decide, it is not for man to decide his fate.
“President Buhari came into power under unusual circumstances to defeat an incumbent president which is very uncommon in our checkered political history but he did so and I believe that is not the making of any man but the making of God.
“So I believe his health is in the hands of God and nobody should play politics with it. This is my advise to Nigerians, let us focus on majors issues that concerns us as a nation.
“On that note I appeal that everyone should disregard that statement Mr. President will soon be back to commence daily duties”.
Also responding to critics who have alleged that the President was being treated with tax payers money, Okorocha said Buhari still enjoyed goodwill from Nigerians beyond peoples imagination.
He said it was baseless for critics to hold on to such beliefs as more than 20 million Nigerians could volunteer to fund the health challenges of the President once an appeal goes out for monetary assistance.
“Well, let me tell you that if there is an announcement that President Buhari today lacks money to treat himself abroad, believe me more than 20 million Nigerians will contribute for his health.
“So this is neither here nor there. You must understand what he represents and who he is. President Buhari naturally does not lack funds, he has never owned funds himself but people supports him if the need be, he lives for the people, he does not live for himself.
“Buhari must be seen as a great Nigerian who has made sacrifices in many ramifications, you can see that from his family, you can see that from his children. He is not a man of wealth neither does he discuss it. Anytime he needs money I’m sure millions of Nigerians will contribute even if its one one kobo.
“So its neither here nor there, talking about using national resources, he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we must honour our President, its that office, not just because of him, that office belongs to all of us.
“It is very funny when people try to bring down the office of the President thinking that they are bringing down Buhari. There are two different issue, there is presidency and there is the person of Buhari but when it has to do with Nigeria’s presidency it concerns all of us.
“We will take it out on any nation that insults our President but we can forgive anybody that insults Muhammadu Buhari as an individual but the Presidency of Nigeria is sacred and we must protect it, that is the altar ego of the nation and we must protect it and that is what great people and great nation do.”
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