…says ‘I’m not under pressure to resign’
Nigerians in London seek audience with Presiden
Doctors demand true state of president’s health
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has declared that only President Muhammadu Buhari can disclose the state of his health to the public.
The Acting President stated this while fielding questions from State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.
His words: “I think that the health status of Mr. President is an issue that only Mr. President would discuss at the appropriate time.
“Again, he is running test and all of that. Before you determine your health status, you must be able to run the necessary tests, and do what doctors have asked to be done, and await the outcome of that before one can talk about any kind of health status.”
Osinbajo spoke in the wake of speculations on Buhari’s state of health and the rumour of his death. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Acting President said Buhari was hale and hearty.
“The President is hale and hearty. I spoke to the President just this afternoon (yesterday) and we had a long conversation. He is in good shape and very chatty,” the he said. On when the President would return to Nigeria, Osinbajo said: “Just like he said in his letter to the National Assembly, he needs to go for a cycle of tests and once he sees the test results and gets medical advice, we expect him very soon.”
He said that his conversation with the president focused on the economy, the budget and development in the country. “He was interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we have gone and the meeting today with the private sector and the economic recovery growth plan.
“And I informed him about the protest march and feedback about what people are saying about the economy. He is in good shape,” Osinbajo stressed.
The Acting President also dispelled speculations making the rounds that he was under pressure from Northern governors to resign from his office.
“I am absolutely under no pressure to resign. I was voted for by the people of this nation, myself and Mr. President and the people of this nation have not asked us to resign. I am absolutely not under any pressure whatsoever. The truth is that there have been no pressure from any source asking me to resign,” he said.
Meanwhile, scores of Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom yesterday stormed the Nigerian High Commission in London, demanding to see President Buhari.
The protesters, who had a peaceful procession carrying banners with different inscriptions and the Nigerian flag, stood in front of the country’s High Commission demanding that the President addresses them in person for at least five minutes.
The UK protest is also following the trend of national protests held in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and a few other cities across the country. Buhari departed Abuja on Thursday, January 19 for a 10-day vacation in London, after transmitting letters to both leadership of the National Assembly for transfer of power to Vice President Osinbajo in acting capacity.
He had told the lawmakers that he would use the annual leave to undergo routine medical checkups. Buhari, however, on Sunday sent new letters to the National Assembly informing the lawmakers of his desire to extend the vacation to enable him to complete series of tests recommended by his doctors. The President was silent on when he will be returning back to the country.