I woke up this morning reading a news reported by Punch newspaper that Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party are among the six governors scheduled to leave Nigeria today (25th July, 2017) to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
The selected governors were reported to have been directed to be at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja this morning from where they will fly to the United Kingdom.
The governors are expected to also have lunch with the President before returning to the country on Wednesday (Tomorrow)
The visit according to the report was said to have been organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd.) and the six governors schedule for the visit were picked from the six geo-political zones of the country.
Listed among the six governors are Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom PDP), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi PDP), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara APC), and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo APC).
The four governors listed above are from the South-South, South-East, North-West and South-West respectively. But the names of the two other governors who are expected to come from the North-East and North-Central could not be ascertained; as the paper was silent about their identities.
Nigerians has however been expressing their views on the latest development with many showing their displeasure as to why Governor Fayose of Ekiti state and his Rivers state counterpart Neysom Wike couldn’t make the list of the delegation.
Majority of those lamenting were much concern about that of Ekiti Governor “Ayodele Fayose”, a vibrant opposition vigure who doubles as the chairman of Nigerian PDP Governor’s forum. Of course one cannot under-estimate the opposition role the later had played ever since president Buhari gained the insignia of power on may 29th, 2015.
What might have triggered the intending visit of these Governors though must have been a result of the recent visit of the APC’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun,and four other state governors to Buhari over the weekened probably targeted to clearing the air and send a message to those whose had claimed the president is either dead or on life support machine.
Without much Ado, Recall President Buhari jetted out of Nigeria on May 7th, 2017 for medical vacation and to the best of my knowledge fulfilled all constitutional requirements needed before proceeding on the said leave having transmitted a letter to the National Assembly to that effect in compliance to section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution.
I recall vividly the president stating in the letter that the length of his stay will be determined by his doctors in the UK stating emphatically that Government will continue to function normally under the able leadership of the Vice President who will be acting as president while he’s away.
This is to further attest to the fact that by virtue of this section of the constitution, the president has formally handed over power to his vice to take over the affairs of governance.
Without been hypocritical, let me state unequivocally without any fear or intimidation that the way Governors and some top government officers has been junketing out the country parading themselves around a recuperating ailing president who’s on medical leave and whom by implication ought to be resting are needless and un-necessary a waste and totally uncalled for.
These are people who should have stayed behind and profound solutions to the myriads of problems militating their respective states and the country at large rather than wasting tax payers money on fruitless and unproductive journey.
I have also observed that some Nigerians are likening President Buhari’s exit from the country with that of late president Ya’Adua . This is absolutely wrong. Though similar, but totally different.
President Yar’adua was out without public knowledge, neither did he communicate the National assembly as required by law hence, the inability of his vice (Goodluck Jonathan) to act while he was away. The country then neither has a substantial president or someone in acting capacity.
Late President Yar’adua was flown out of the country without public knowledge or formal notification. In case of President Buhari, he fulfilled all righteousness, satisfied the requirements of the law of the federal republic by writing the National Assembly and subsequently transmitted power to his vice to act on his behalf while he’s away.
Is it not shamelessly funny seeing some folks compelling someone who is obviously sick to speak to Nigerians?
Some were even demanding he address Nigerians through a video broadcast. A sick man?
Someone on sick bed who proceeded on medical vacation with the aim of treating himself much better and have much resting time?
What the president needs from anyone who claimed he loves him at the moment is prayer. Prayer would meet any son of Adam anywhere. (Irrespective of where he/she is).
Nigerian Governors, Ministers and other top Government officers should for the sake of suffering and downtrodden Nigerians stop jetting out the country with tax payers money under the guise of visitation. Those visits are needless and tantamount wastage.
Officially, The acting president of the federal republic of Nigeria today is professor Yemi Osinbajo, Hence, president Buhari who is on leave shouldn’t be compel to speak or address the country when an acting president is on ground.
The president his expected to take over governance from the acting president whenever he is around. The decision to speak or address the country is when a president is away is not a law. There is difference between right and privilege.
You have got no right to compel him to speak or upload photos of himself. For What? If he wish, and that be strictly a decision subject to himself.
However, If it happened that the invitees were invited to London by the president himself, Then the exclusion of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his Rivers State Counterpart ‘Neysom Wike’ from the list of the delegation shouldn’t be of much serious concern has been discussed all over.
I think one still has the legitimate right to decide who to invite or welcome to his house.Even though the invitation like i rightly affirmed is needless.
We should rather focus on something more of National importance than discussing irrelevant matters that add no value, progress or substance to our lives.
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