– Nigerians are still known aware of the health status of the president
– A group of Nigerians in the United Kingdom however said the president is not on any life support as alleged by a serving governor
The Nigeria in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG), UK chapter has faulted the statement credited to Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on Buhari has been on “life support for 20-days.”
Fayose, had in a statement he personally signed, urged Nigerians to pray for the president as all was not well with him.
NDMG while condemning the claim, described Fayose as a low jobber, who is only out to dent the administration of President Buhari.
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In a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Thursday, June 29, NDMG coordinator, Adeka Onyilo berated Fayose for making crude remarks about the office and person of the president.
Onyilo said: “It is most ridiculous the story is coming from no other person than the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, who has not for once been able to hide his bellicose for the bite of the anti-corruption fight championed under President Buhari.
“His antecedent as a man who manipulated a sacred electoral process to emerge the governor coupled with his unmasked hatred of the president should have triggered the alarm bells for any reputable media organization to do better with its fact check.
“Contrary to achieving whatever devious objective the sponsors of the report might have had in mind, it has served to ridicule and compromise Nigerians especially those in the diaspora as we can authoritatively report based on our experience and feedbacks from other nationals that we interact with in the UK since its publication.”
He stated that President Buhari is doing well in the UK, stressing that the NDMG is not issuing periodic updates on the president’s health out of consideration for his privacy.
“It is most unfortunate that those who traded their humanity for pittance to violate this privacy are also incidentally bereft of knowledge to the point that every single piece of medical equipment transforms into a life support machine in their mind’s-eye.
“Much as they may want to massage their fantasies, we recommend to them to desist from trying to mislead Nigerians since their calamitous wishes are not the same as what has been ordained by God,” Onyilo added.
Meanwhile, the presidency has responded to the criticisms by several Nigerians, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001.
A statement by presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, lamented that the criticisms are mostly informed by lack of understanding of protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world.
According to Shehu, for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, “there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.”
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