By Sunny Ikhioya
AS a people and nation, we like to make simple matters complicated. Sometimes deliberately to suit personal whims and purposes, and sometimes as a result of ignorance.
For example, the unnecessary controversies surrounding the President’s medical vacation, which surpassed the 100-day mark. Why should we fight and debate over his health and ability to remain in power when we already know his stand on matters like this? It is as if there had never been a precedent in this country and present actors made their positions known in the past.
History is supposed to teach us and we’re supposed to learn from our past. But here, we pretend that as though the lessons from history is lost on us.
Life has it’s own way of resolving issues. Some call it ‘karma’, things just keep turning round and round. We all thought that President Mohammadu Buhari will be different, given his much touted integrity credentials and statements credited to him during Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s tenure as president.
In year 2010, Buhari made the following statements concerning Yar’ Adua’s health to wit: “It is unpatriotic for a government leader to travel abroad for so long in the name of medical vacation. If a leader can no longer function due to ill health, he should be called upon to resign. I don’t think I have said anything wrong to have advised the President to resign. He should disclose his health status to Nigerians and resign if he can no longer cope. That is the proper thing to do…”
On March 9 2010, President Buhari was reported to have made a call for the impeachment of President Yar’ Adua who was ill and had not been seen in the public since November 2009. The issue is not even about the Presidency but the health of our President. Anybody who sincerely loves him and values his continued stay on earth, should worry about his state of health rather than the position he occupies.
It seems that all good men of conscience have suddenly vanished from this country. What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander. We openly expressed our positions on lengthy medical vacations embarked upon by our president during the tenure of Yar ‘Adua. Such positions must remain constant and not to be subjected to manipulations. It is too serious an issue to be treated with levity. That is why the case of Lai Mohammed has beaten all records.
In 2009, the Action Congress, AC party, through the Minister Lai, called on the Federal government to give Nigerians a daily update on the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua, to stem the growing rumours surrounding his state of health: “It is clear to discerning Nigerians that those pretending to speak authoritatively on the President’s health are deceiving the public, since they are neither well informed on the issue nor competent to speak on it…Therefore, a daily briefing by the minister of information, based on authentic details provided by the Presidential doctors, should start forthwith. As we have said many times, the health of the President, as a public figure can no longer be of interest only to his family and friends, Nigerians have the right to know…”.
The question now is: what is Lai Mohammed doing, as it concerns the daily briefings he should be giving on the President’s health situation? Prince Omamoke Akiri asked the question in his Facebook page; “Can we say this is a case of do as I say, not as I do or, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander?”. It is a really unfortunate situation and the people are becoming disillusioned with the shady and deceitful manner our country is been run. It is a pity that history is repeating itself and we have failed to apply its lessons.
*Mr. Ikhioya, www.southsouthecho.com Twitter: @sunnyIkhioya