BEING THE FULL TEXT OF SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND CHANGE INITIATIVES, COMRADE OKPOKWU OGENYI AT THE SOLIDARITY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND ACTING PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 10TH AUGUST, 2017
PRESIDENT BUHARI’S HEALTH: NO CAUSE FOR ALARM
As we all know, our President is on medical leave and is recuperating as has been testified by many citizens and foreigners, including Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and governors, who have visited him in London.
Understandably, the health vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari has been a subject of controversies, with some of them resulting from genuine concerns by citizens and desire to see him recover faster, while most of the apprehensions are products of ignorance of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), and on the other hand, just sheer mischief and political naivety.
The provisions of the law on the President’s health remain very clear and unambiguous.
No provision of the Constitution gave time limit when the President is expected to return and resume his duties if sick as well, it is not found anywhere in the constitution the time frame of an Acting President.
In as much as we all want our President back to his duties, the Constitution never stipulated how long a serving President of Nigeria can be away on medical holiday.
Anyone demanding the resignation or forced return of the President is daring God.
What the constitution required of President Muhammadu Buhari to do in event of such vacation was to take hand over to the Vice President by transmitting a letter to the National Assembly.
President Buhari did exactly that and the Vice President automatically became the Acting President and has been working in line with their joint mandate to meet the yearnings of Nigerians.
In his letter to the National Assembly, Mr. President didn’t indicate how long he was going to stay away because that would amount to playing the God. How would he have known?
However, he has clarified over and over again that his return would be hinged on medical advice by his physicians.
We are sure that if President Buhari was God, he would have healed himself and returned home because of the very obvious passion and vigour his administration has pursued good governance, devoid of corruption and looting of public funds.
And because the President has transmitted full powers to his Vice, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been exercising the full presidential powers, making appointment, signing Budget and other Bills passed by the National Assembly.
In other words, Mr. President’s absence is not hampering governance in any way and President Muhammadu Buhari has not breached any law of the land.
The anti-graft war of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has not slowed down. Several convictions, discovery of stashed cash and order of total forfeiture of certain amounts and properties have been recorded.
This shows that, President Buhari’s administration is still on course and the current distraction is unnecessary and inimical to nation building, patriotism must come to play.
Fellow Nigerians, we indeed owe our amiable President fervent prayers to recuperate faster and return home, not evil wishes.
It is on record, that all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians have continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, God’s willing, he shall return home soonest as there is no cause for alarm over Mr. President’s health.
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Long Live President Muhammadu Buhari!!
Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi,