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Presidency mismanaged Buhari’s ill-health matter, Anglican Bishop

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar   |   11 February 2017   |   4:40 am

Former governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, President Muhammadu Buhari and former national chairman of APC Chief Bisi Akande at Abuja House, London PHOTO: TWITTER/PRESIDENCY

The Bishop of Calabar Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Tunde Adeleye, has taken a swipe at the presidency for mismanaging information on the ill-health of President Buhari.

Adeleye, who spoke in Calabar, yesterday, said the media team of the President was churning out falsehood as regards the true health condition of the President and this has resulted in all manners of speculations and confusion and at the same time keeping Nigerians at sea. Citing the case of how former United States President Ronald Reagan ill health was managed, he lamented that in Nigeria, everything is shrouded in secrecy.

Commenting on the current economic crunch, he called for true federalism in the country so that power would not be concentrated at the centre, a situation where “the centre is too powerful,” it does not augur well for the country and also proposed a part time service for the Nigeria parliamentarians in order to reduce government spending.

Giving his opinion on whether or not Nigerians should give the federal government time to change the harsh economic narratives, he said, “Our economy is very disturbing and very frightening. Something must be done urgently. The mistake this government made was to promise Nigerians ‘change’, and it was on this basis of ‘change’ that the people voted for them. Nigerians are now holding them to those promises. “They presented themselves as if they had a plan to bring about the ‘change’ but unfortunately, there was no plan. They have now turned around and are blaming the people for complaining.”




  • Lemmuel Odjay

    The Nigerian electorate, as usual, must be childish to ever believe that any change could be instantaneous as in Instant Coffee. The APC government cannot be absolved of blame for its failure to warn Nigerians that Changing inherent negative perceptions and the processes of reconstructing a country destroyed in many decades of economic, social and political mismanagement to which they also contributed their quota was not going to be a walk in the park. Nigerians ought to have been asked to gird their loins and be prepared to make series of sacrifices during the rebuilding process.
    We ought to stop treating the Nigerian electorate as kids deserving of every goody goody even when it is clear they, as stakeholders, are unwilling to make any positive investment to the Nigerian project.
    For example, the one part of the Nigerian venture invest to organize and hold meetings that drag into the wee hours of the morning. Their members contribute good amounts of money to hire, employ and acquire all the basic facilities required to kickstart their dream party. During the campaigns, they made sure money, men and material were properly deployed to achieve maximum results. In all of this, the second half of the whole – the electorate – does absolutely nothing by way of contributing to the success of the electioneering process. In his opinion, nothing matters beyond ensuring that he casts his votes only for the candidate who hails from his part of the country; who must be a worshipper of the same deity he believes in and, who should be well off and able to buy him out of the joint venture by providing the money, usually a fistful of Naira, to ease him out of the transaction completely. The other party is always very willing to play along if the voter agrees to queue and surrender his ballot in his favour. That done, the Nigerian electorate subsequently returns to his sleep as life passes him by.

    Dear Bishop, these are the set of Nigerians to whom our attention should be focused. They are known by their various names such as “the masses”, the downtrodden” etc. More than anything, they have contributed in no small measure to the continued failure of the Nigerian political system since 1960. All the civil societies registered in Nigeria must come together to brain storm and find effective and implementable ways of stopping the rot. The news media must be creative enough and go beyond just reporting the news. With a strong, enlightened and better positioned electorate, we should all be singing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God from the very bottom of our hearts without prompting.

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