The worry expressed by some individuals and organisations over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari constitute a distraction.
An Islamic, non-governmental organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) made this declaration today.
In a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group said while it appreciated the genuine concern of some individuals and groups, it warned that it was pointless making a mountain out of a mole hill.
The statement reads in part: “President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly absent during Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings. He also missed two Jum’ah services although he attended the last one. Consequently, there is palpable apprehension in the land leading some stakeholders to call for his resignation while others asked him to take medical leave.
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) urges Nigerians to stop worrying. Some of the interventions constitute a form of distraction. Nigerians seem to be making a mountain out of an ordinary mole hill. While genuinely concerned stakeholders are appreciated we warn that some unpatriotic elements are already leveraging on the president’s illness and the complex nature of politics to cause havoc.”
While affirming that there was nothing strange in having a sick president or one recovering from sickness, MURIC said a lot depended on the way the issue was handled.
It called on the Presidency not to allow mischief makers and corruption-friendly opposition parties to capitalise on the situation.
“MURIC does not subscribe to the school of thought that insists on disclosing the president’s type of sickness.
We believe that many of those agitating have ulterior motives. We should allow the president and his health managers to manage his period of recovery in a professional manner.
“The Presidency has a duty to keep the nature of the president’s ailment private otherwise opportunists and enemies of transparency will throw this country into pandemonium.
“We should remember that a state governor in the opposition party once advertised death-wish for Buhari even before he won the election. “Taking mockery to the height of Everest, the same governor even insisted that Buhari should talk to him on telephone to convince Nigerians that he is alive.
Do you think such a person will stop at anything to actualise his diabolical wish once he knows the president’s real ailment? The Presidency must keep him and his co-travellers guessing”, the organisation said.
MURIC also took on those campaigning for Buhari’s resignation.
His words: “Those calling on Buhari to resign should borrow a leaf from the Americans.
US citizens did not tear their country apart because their president was sick. At least five American presidents have been sick while in office and they did not resign.
“These include Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) who suffered a severe stroke that left him incapacitated throughout his presidency. Yet he remained in office till the end of his term.
Others are Franklin D Roosevelt (1933-1945), Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961), John F Kennedy (1961 – 1963) and George Bush (1989 – 1993).
“Cynics who insist they must see the president by paying him a visit or by arranging teams to visit him should hold on and allow the man to rest properly. Abuja will be jam-packed if all of us queue up to visit Buhari in Aso Rock. The real purpose will be defeated if the man receives too many visitors”.