Governor Ayodele Fayose, of Ekiti State,
is obviously not convinced that President Muhammadu Buhari is hale and
hearty, as claimed by the Presidency.
Fayose’s statement came as the
Presidency claimed last night, that Buhari had called former President,
Olusegun Obasanjo, to congratulate him on his 80th birthday.
The Governor had said that rather than
shop for outsiders to speak with to prove to Nigerians that Buhari is
hale and hearty, the President should be encouraged instead to speak
with him (Fayose).
He said he can be reached on
08035024994, since the Presidency is keen for Buhari to speak to people;
believing this will convince Nigerians that their President is hale and
“I advised the President to speak with
me for the purpose of convincing Nigerians that he is hale and hearty,
instead of looking for people outside the country to convince
In a statement by his Chief Press
Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose picked holes in statements that Buhari
had spoken in one week; first with the king of Morocco, and next with
the President of the African Union.
“If their problem is that they are
looking for a credible person who can help them convince Nigerians that
all is well with our President, Ayo Fayose is their best bet. Let the
President speak with me. If I tell Nigerians that the President spoke
with me, Nigerians will believe”, he said.
Nigerians he added, are getting
suspicious of all the purported visits to Buhari in London, as well as
his orchestrated telephone conversations with international figures who
Nigerians cannot trust to give a true and unbiased report about the
President’s state of health.
“Since they are eager for the President
to speak to people; believing in this way to convince Nigerians that
their President is hale and hearty, let President Buhari talk to me. I
can be reached on 08035024994. I am credible and Nigerians will believe
me”, he said.
“They said he spoke to President Donald
Trump; despite the hype, Nigerians were sceptical. Then they said he
spoke to the king of Morocco; again, Nigerians were suspicious. Before
we recovered from that, it is now the AU President that they said
President Buhari spoke to.
“A President that can speak with
outsiders should be able to whisper or wave to his own people. The
people gave him the very important platform of President, on which he
stands today and therefore, Presidential Aides should stop giving the
unhelpful impression that Buhari has no respect for the Nigerian
Recall, that Buhari left Nigeria on
January 19, on a medical vacation, and has not returned, nor addressed
the nation since then.