Some eminent Nigerians have urged President
Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of his
personal physicians by taking another medical leave
immediately to attend to his health.
They gave the advice in a statement jointly issued
on Monday and titled: “President Buhari Should
Take Medical Leave Immediately.”
Those that made the call included lawyer and
activists, Femi Falana (SAN); Senior Fellow at the
Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja, Prof.
Jibrin Ibrahim; Executive Chairman, Coalition Against
Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran; Senior
Lecturer / Researcher, Centre for Peace and Security
Studies, Modibbo Adama; lecturer at the University
of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, Dr. Chris
Kwaja; Executive Director at Centre for Information
Technology and Development CITAD), Dr. Y. Z. Ya’u
and Country Director, Search for Common Ground,
Mr. Chom Bagu.
Others are the Chairman, Human and Environmental
Development Agenda, (HEDA), Mr. Olanrewaju
Suraju; Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reform
(PER), Ezenwa Nwagwu; Executive Director of Civil
Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Mr.
Anwal Musa Rafsanjani; Executive Director of African
Network for Environment and Economic Justice
(ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor; a Senior
Communication Officer (Policy) in the World Bank
Group. Dr. Sina Odugbemi; National Coordinator,
Procurement Observation and Advocacy Initiative
(PRADIN), Mr. Muhammed Attah, and Executive
Secretary, Socio Economic Rights Project (SERAP),
Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni.
The call was made following President Buhari’s
absence at the last Federal Executive Council (FEC)
meeting and other state functions.
The statement reads: “When President Muhammadu
Buhari was recently in the United Kingdom on a
medical vacation, which lasted 59 days, many
public officers said he was hale and hearty. But
upon his return to the country President Buhari
disclosed that he had never been that sick in his
“Even though the President did not disclose the
nature of his ailment, he revealed that he went
through blood transfusion. While thanking the
Nigerian people for their prayers, the President
announced that he might soon travel back for further
“A few weeks ago, the Governor of Kaduna State,
Mr. Nasir El-Rufai urged Nigerians to give President
Buhari time to recover from his sickness. The plea
was made after the Governor had visited and
presumably assessed the state of the President at
the presidential Villa in Abuja.
“However, due to the apparent deterioration in the
President’s health condition, he has neither been
seen in public in the last one week nor attended the
last two meetings of the Federal Executive Council.
His absence at the last Jumat service in the Villa
has fueled further speculations and rumours on
President Buhari’s medical condition.
“But instead of embarking on regular briefing on the
actual state of the health of President Buhari,
officials of the Federal Government have continued
to assure the Nigerian people that the is no need
for apprehension over the matter.
“In defending the absence of the President at the
last FEC meeting and other state functions, the
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media
and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu stated that the
President’s doctors have advised on his taking
things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long
period of treatment in the United Kingdom some
“As we join the Nigerian people of goodwill to pray
for a speedy recovery of President Buhari, we are
compelled to advise him to heed the advice of his
personal physicians by taking a rest to attend to his
health without any further delay.”