A former senior special assistant to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, has cautioned Nigerians against making unsavory comments about the current state of health of President Buhari.
In a statement titled, “Buhari’s Health : Matters Arising” posted on his Facebook page earlier today, Okupe who said he was not a supporter of the president described as embarrassing what some Nigerians write and say about the sick president.
Okupe noted that “some out rightly deride him; wish him dead as if they themselves are not human.”
“Sickness and ill-health, many times, are not things you can blame individuals for and certainly not deride them about. Both young and old do fall ill and death certainly is not exclusively restricted to the old, or young, or rich, poor or powerful”
On the political implication of President Buharis health and against the backdrop of the calls in certain quarters on the president to resign from office, the former presidential aide said the matter is neither simple nor straight forward, in a country as complex and convoluted politically as Nigeria.
According to Okupe, the need to entrench geo-political fairness in the polity makes it imperative that political gladiators and leaders of thought in Nigeria take into consideration that since the return of democratic rule in 1999, which is a space of about 18years, the Southern part of the country has occupied the position of President for approximately 14years while the North has had only 4years.
“This calls for sensitive and careful navigation and negotiation to uphold equity, justice and fairness, if our country must maintain political stability, without which our nation can hardly make progress.”
He added that if President Buhari must exit the office on account of his ill-health, his associates and allies who have laboured with him to get him to the pinnacle of his career need be taken into consideration and their Interests which most likely will be based on a shared vision with the ailing president need to be accommodated for the remaining period of his scheduled 4year term