‘Make your health status public, douse tension’ – NMA to President

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Amidst growing concerns on the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Medical Association, on Thursday, explained why Buhari should disclose his health status to Nigerians.

The President of the NMA, Prof.  Mike Ogirima, who gave the explanation in an interview with the PUNCH newspapers, said Buhari’s disclosure of his health status would douse tension and rumours about his well-being.

This comes after many notable Nigerians had come forward to ask the President to make his health status public, so the general citizenry can be in the know.

In response, the President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on Thursday, disclosed that the President would go on another medical vacation, the PUNCH reports.

She, however, said the ailing Nigerian leader would not do so by being hounded by anyone.

Onochie disclosed this on her Twitter handle, @Laurestar, while reacting to statements by individuals and groups on the matter.

She said Buhari, who returned to the country on March 10 after a 49-day medical sojourn in the United Kingdom, would embark on the medical vacation only on his doctor’s appointment.

“President Buhari will go on medical leave but only on his doctor’s appointment. Not by being hounded,” she stated.

As regards the reports that Buhari has not been discharging his constitutional duties as the country’s President allegedly because of his ill-health, Onochie said governance was not a one-man show.

Describing governance as teamwork, she stated that the President was working.

“The business of governance is not like splitting firewood where the axe is in the hands of one man.

“It is teamwork. So, President Buhari is working,” she added.

The presidential aide also faulted those who had raised concerns on the state of health of the President, wondering whether they would know better than the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, who had said her husband’s health was not as bad as being reported.


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