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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Report says Buhari has vowed to resign if his health does not improve | Presidency reacts

According to Independent, President Muhammadu Buhari has given a timeline that he may resign by a specific time if he doesn’t recover from his undisclosed illness.

Buhari left Nigeria for London on May 7 to attend to his failing health and since then, his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has been acting in his stead.

According to the news platform,  a credible source in the presidency said though the president has made immense improvements in the last couple of weeks, he was reported to have told his close aides recently that if he doesn’t recover by a specific date, he will tender his resignation letter.

He, however, failed to disclose the specific date or month given by the president.

He added that contrary to the views by many, the president is not desperate to cling on to power but he is being advised by doctors to continue with the treatment while Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the affairs of the nation.

“The president is not desperate to cling on to power if his health cannot carry him. I can tell you authoritatively that he has given a timeline that if he doesn’t recover fully on a specific date, he will file in his resignation letter and if you know President Buhari very well, he meant what he said.

“That is why Nigerians who love the president and his efforts in restoring Nigeria’s lost glory should continue to pray for his quick recovery. It will be to our disservice if he dies as some people are wishing him”, he said.



According to the report,  reliable source that when the president was transmitting the second letter of his medical vacation to the leadership of the National Assembly intimating it of his trip to London, he wanted to transmit a letter of resignation but a retired General from Taraba prevailed on him not to do so.

A pro-democracy group, ‘Concerned Nigerians’, have been holding rally in Abuja, demanding the immediate resumption or resignation of the president, lamenting that Buhari’s 92-day absence was unacceptable.

The group, led by entertainer Charly Boy, said it was unfortunate that but for few cabals, the president’s true state of health is unknown to Nigerians who voted him into office, urging that he resigns honourably.

It also launched tirade at the National Assembly, accusing the parliament of complicity in the whole drama for not deeming it necessary to demand a medical inquiry into the true state of health of the president.

However, the Presidency has denied the report that President Buhari promised to resign if he does not recover from his illness.

Personal assistant to the President on new media, Bashir Ahmed, while responding a question about the report, said it's “not true.”

He added that the President will return as his doctors permit him.

He said, “The report is NOT true, Pres. Buhari is doing better and he will return to the country the day his doctors give him a go-ahead.”





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