By CHRIS EKEKE, Abuja
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has called on elder statesmen across the country to speak out on the health
challenges of President Muhammadu Buhari and its implication for the country.
He added that it was high time the former leaders and elder statesmen prevailed on the president to resign and tend to his health.
Fani-Kayode who acknowledged that some elder statesmen and religious leaders might have advised President Buhari privately, said the time to make open statements is now.
The former minister stated this yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the return of President Buhari from London last week, where he had gone on medical vacation.
He said, “It is possible they are giving their wise counsels behind close door. Where I disagree with them is this: it gets to a point
that you stop giving counsels privately to a group of hard-hearted people who are pushing our country to the brink of division, disaster
and civil war. It gets to a point where you have to say enough is enough and speak up publicly. The right and proper thing for any elder statesman to do is to call and demand for the resignation of President Buhari who is simply not well enough to run the affairs of the nation.”
The former minister, who is also a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), said the President Buhari that returned from London last week, was different from the President Buhari the country voted for.
Consequently, he reiterated his earlier call on Buhari to resign as president, so that he can attend to his health and save the country
from needless crisis in the case of any eventuality.
“Today I am not asking him to resign; I am demanding that he should resign and do the right thing and let somebody whoever he may be come in and take the reign of power to steer our country forward. The old Buhari is residing in London, his spirit is there. The new Buhari that is back is a man that is weak, old, tired and with due respect; it’s time for him to hang his glove, retire and go home to enjoy what I pray will be a long and fruitful retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren,” he said.
According to him, some persons are already alleging that President Buhari was poisoned, so that they will use that as alibi to unleash
mayhem on fellow citizens, should anything happen to him.
Fani-Kayode noted that that is at the root of the notice issued to Igbo residing in the North to vacate the region by October 1.
His words: “The same people that we have been talking about are the same people saying he must be there at all cost and it fits the
narrative of the October 1st threat by the Arewa youths saying that the Igbo must leave the north.
“What people don’t realize is that this is pregnant with danger because what some have said openly is that if anything happens to
Buhari, as they assume he was poison, they will start killing people in the north. That is my fear when they keep pushing him to remain in office even though he is not well enough.
“If anything happens to him, I and other Nigerians will hold this cabal responsible for the welfare of Buhari and those that begin to
kill as a consequence will meet a reaction that they never bargained for because gone are the days when people will be slaughtered and nothing happened. Nigeria of 1966 is not the Nigeria of 2017.
“We are not mocking the president. This man is not well. It is not his fault and it’s nothing that anybody should gloat about. Those that
truly love him should tell him the truth to resign . He should go home and take care of himself.
“Those that hate him will continue to encourage him to continue to do what he is doing until he lapses and go back to London until the worst happen and that is something none of us want to happen because even if we oppose him and do not agree with the government of his party, we still consider him to be an elder statesman, a Nigerian and a compatriot of ours.”