President Muhammadu Buhari: APC youths blast Chief Akande over comment on PMB's health

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses members of his cabinet in March after returning from London where he underwent treatment for nearly two months for an undisclosed ailment

A group made of prominent APC youths have carpeted the founding chairman of the party over his recent statements on the president's health status.

The APC Youth Progressive Frontier (AYPF) has called for the former interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and frontline Yoruba chieftain, Chief Bisi Akande, to go for a psychiatric test over his comments on the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The group in a press statement, believe that people if Chief Akande was sane, he would never joke with the health of a sitting president.

Chief Akande had made the statement which the AYPF feels is vexatious when he claimed that some people were 'feasting' on President Buhari's poor health, admitting that Buhari's illness was gradually taking a toll on the country, adding that history may repeat itself.

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In the statement jointly signed by AYPF National President, Gbolaham Badmus and Secretary General, Shodeinde Lukman, it lampooned the former party chairman for trying to play politics with the president’s health.

The group, therefore, called on Nigerians to rally round President Buhari in prayers as he continues to work and fight against corruption which has eaten deep into the nation’s economy.

The statement read in part:

“As patriotic Nigerians that are thoroughly engrossed in the task of contributing our quota to the development of the nation, we are pained by the way and manner some key officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have chosen to make derogatory statements about the affairs of the nation especially the issues surrounding the well-being of our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari.

In one of the latest instances, the founding National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande shamelessly told those who cared to listen to his infamous sermon that the health condition of the president has dovetailed into untold hardship on the citizenry and called for emergency measures to be taken in order to avert a national calamity.

We view this as an irresponsible drift. With due respect, we wish to state categorically that such careless utterances by a person who is supposed to have known and appreciated the immense energy, vigour, dedication and a whole-hearted commitment President Buhari have injected into the task of rejuvenating our national life, is grossly disappointing.

This has also gone a long way to show how petty our grandparents have become.  In other climes, this would have been a time for sober reflection and not a time for some people to take alibi in and unleash their hidden venom and deep-rooted hatred against the president.”

Continuing, the group said people like Chief Akande were only trying to tear the party apart with their personal interests and ulterior motives.

“Ordinarily, we would have assumed that Chief Akande was making an intervention with a genuine intention but thorough checks by our network across the length and breadth of the nation have unequivocally indicated that, his action was a well-orchestrated plan that has been calculated with the major aim of causing disaffection among Nigerians that have reposed absolute confidence in the administration of President Buhari which has embarked on a mission with a vision to redeem the country from the shackles of corruption, insecurity and economic redundancy.

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We tend to wonder what has prompted Chief Akande to embark on this holier-than-thou voyage most especially from the standpoint that President Buhari himself is completely honest to Nigerians and in fact genuinely told the country upon his return from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom that he has never as sick as that particular point in time.”

We are also recommending a psychiatric test for persons like Chief Akande and his barefaced litany of co-travellers. Nigeria belongs to all of us and not a particular section or elements who think by talking down on President Buhari, they will achieve cheap political goals not minding that such will not be of any consequence on the rest of us.”

The group added that it was glad that the president had since resumed office after taking out some days to rest and attend to his health, which it noted has improved.



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