April 27, 2017

Reactions Trailing Buhari's Decision To Work From Home

The PDP and Civil Liberties Organisation have criticised President Muhammdu Buhari’s decision to perform his official roles from home.

Buhari was absent from a meeting of the Federal Executive Council inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, making it the third time.

Following the President’s absence from the meeting, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said Buhari was working from home.

In a statement, Mohammed said the President only decided to work from home on Wednesday, not that he had decided to work from home henceforth.

Lai said, “He (the President) wanted to rest today and he asked the VP to preside over today’s meeting. In addition, he also asked that all his files be taken home to him and he will be working from home today.’’

But the PDP kicked against the development, urging the Presidency to reveal Buhari’s health status.

Spokesman for the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated the party’s position in an interview with our one of Punch in Abuja on Wednesday.

Adeyeye said it's obvious that Mohammed did not know what to tell Nigerians following the third consecutive absence of the President from the weekly FEC meeting.

He said, “We have passed a stage whereby you dish out lies to Nigerians on a daily basis about the health status of the President. We had such and similar experience during the days of the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua, when his health status was being manipulated by a cabal within the Presidency. We should be allowed to forget that era.

“President Buhari is human like any other person and is liable to fall sick as well. But he was elected to a public office and he is occupying a public office. He cannot therefore claim to be working behind the curtains.

“He is not allowed to work secretly because he was not elected to work secretly. FEC is statutory and he must preside over it.”

The CLO President, Igho Akeregha, said it was conflicting that Buhari, who was reported to be resting at home, would attend to files on national issues.

He said the President should resign if his health could not sustain the pressure of work, adding that Nigerians would still respect him for his “ardent fight against corruption.”