Despite the speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari is critically ill with an undisclosed sickness, the presidency has maintained that the President has the right to speak to Nigerians or not.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari clearly said that no one can compel the president to talk just to confirm if he is alive or not.
When probed on a live TV programme on the need for a confirmation following the deafening speculations, Adesina said President Buhari will use his discretion to either talk to Nigerians from UK or not.
He said: “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.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja for London on a 10-day vacation at the Nnamdi Azikwke International Airport Abuja, Nigeria, June 6, 2016 REUTERS/Stringer play
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja for London on a 10-day vacation at the Nnamdi Azikwke International Airport Abuja, Nigeria, June 6, 2016 REUTERS/Stringer
“The truth is that the President is on vacation and he has given a date on which he will return to work,’’ he said.
President Buhari jetted out of Nigeria for a 10 days vacation in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2017.
The President was rumoured dead on Friday, January 20, 2017 by a section of the Nigerian media after a UK website published the death tale.
The Federal Government on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 maintained that it will fish out the source/sources of the death rumour and make the individuals face the full wrath of law.