Following President Muhammadu Buhari's
return to the nation yesterday after 51 days medical vacation, the
controversial Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose has denied that
he had ever wished the President Dead.
Governor Fayose and the state’s All
Progressives Congress (APC) were once again at each other's neck as they
resumed brawl over the sudden, but safe return to the country of
While the APC accused Fayose of wishing Buhari dead, the governor denied ever nursing such a thought.
Speaking through its state Publicity
Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party expressed delight over President
Buhari’s successful medical trip to London, adding that his return had
vindicated its claim that the President was not terminally ill as being
portrayed in some quarters opposed to the anti-corruption war of the
APC-led Federal Government.
It also expressed appreciation to Nigerians who offered prayers and goodwill for the quick recovery of the president.
The party, which accused Fayose of a
death wish for him, enthused that the governor “has been put to shame
with Buhari’s arrival hale and hearty on Friday.”
It added: “We also commend the
Presidency and the President for not dignifying Fayose with a response
when he cynically requested Buhari
to call him to prove that he was alive.”
But, reacting, while speaking to newsmen
when he signed a condolence register in honour of late General Robert
Adeyinka Adebayo, Governor
Fayose said: “Whether they say shame to
us or they abuse me, good luck to the Presidents’ loyalists and APC.
Nobody would wish President Buhari dead. What is important is that for
the President to stay away for that long, anybody would feel concerned
about it. So, we pray that may God give him the strength to do his job.
He has a job to do, so we will continue to pray for him to be well to
fix the economy, put food on our table, we cannot task a sick man on
these challenges, we will continue to pray for him to be well and bring
the dollar back to N200 or less.
“We don’t have power over life and we
have to continue to thank God that the President is alive strong and
back. Anybody can be sick whether you are young or old. What is
important is that God should give him the strength to be alive and do
what we expect him to do for our country. I just leant that he said he
would be going back in a few weeks’ time we have to keep our fingers
Clarifying his earlier critical position
Fayose said: “There is no doubt that age is not on his side like every
other person and there are many health challenges that comes with aging.
What is best is that we continue to pray for him because the Holy books
say we should pray for our leaders in authority.”
President Muhammadu Buhari will officially resume work on Monday after being away from his desk for 52 days on medical vacation.
Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this while clarifying a
statement by the president purportedly misconstrued by the public.
Adesina, through his twitter handle,
@FemAdesina, said the president, who returned to the country yesterday
after some weeks medical vacation in London, would on Monday transmit
letter to the National Assembly to formally register his return to the
“…That makes his return to work formal, and constitutional,” the presidential spokesman said.