Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, has reacted to the growing concerns and controversies around the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said it would have made a much more difference, if President Buhari calmed down the pressure and addressed the nation through a live video call.
The house leader made this known in Abuja while fielding questions from the media on the President’s extended medical vacation in London. Recall that the President had written to the house earlier this month extending his medical vacation in London.
Gbajabiamila who is so much concerned about the pressure and controversies surrounding Buhari’s medical condition said if he were to be in President Buhari’s shoes, he would simply do a video call to speak to Nigerians. He went to say he would advise him to do so, if he were in a position to do so.
According to the lawmaker, it was better to address the nation one time as against speaking to individuals and small groups of people, in different instances, from London.
He, however, said the fact that Buhari has not addressed the nation collectively through a video-conference call does not mean he has committed an illegality, but described it as a different approach to quelling the controversies surrounding his medical trip to London.
The House Majority Leader said:
If I were in President Buhari’s shoes, I would do a video call to speak to Nigerians. I would advise him to do it, if I were in a position to advise him. But the fact that he has not done it does not mean that he is doing something wrong. People have different approaches to things.
Don’t forget that about a week ago, Mr. President spoke to a congregation in Kano state, he was audible, he was clear, and his voice was not doctored.
But for me, on the issue of speaking to Nigerians, I would have done it differently. My approach would have been different, because his health issue had generated a lot of talk and concern like you said and therefore, I would wish the President would talk to everybody as opposed to talking to individuals here and there.
Femi Gbajabiamila is not the only Nigerian who have publicly come out to raise concerns on the President’s inability to address the people who voted him into office. Remi Sonaiya, a 61-year old Professor of French and Applied linguistics and the presidential candidate of Kowa Party and only female candidate in the 2015 general election earlier this month wondered why President could speak to US President Donald Trump but not to Nigerians.