BY SIMON ATEBA/WASHINGTON DC
The decision made by President Muhammadu Buhari to travel for medical check-up is logical and welcomed, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, said on Monday, adding that the President should not be in a hurry to return but should attend to his health holistically before coming back.
Mr. Buhari abruptly announced on Sunday that he was travelling for treatment in the United Kingdom, where he spent 50 days between January 19 and March 10 this year for the same reason.
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The President’s ill health had kept him away from public view and official duties for about a month when he missed three cabinet meetings and cancelled another one.
With his long absence, calls began to rise that he should relinquish power to his Vice, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo. But Mr. Buhar’s family continued to claim the President was not as bad as was being reported.
With things getting worse, the President announced yesterday that he was going abroad for a duration he did not specify. His office said that duration would be determined by his doctors.
In a statement to THE SIMON ATEBA NEWS on Monday, CACOL hailed Mr. Buhari for making the decision to travel abroad and advised him to treat himself well before returning.
“It is a good thing that the President has taken the advice given to him by Nigerians to take a medical vacation to thoroughly attend to his medical situation”, said Mr. Debo Adeniran, while reacting to the news that all was set for Buhari to travel to London for check-up.
“At this time, we believe the President needs to prioritize his condition. He should go for holistic medical examinations and thorough treatment That is why we allied with other prominent civil society organizations to openly call on the President to do so a couple of weeks back after he had missed some very crucial functions like the coo-ordination of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.”
“It is quite apparent that the health status of the Mr. President is seriously encumbering his performance; this necessary requires that he attends to his situation to regain vigour and energy in order to be able to infuse same into governance which will at the end benefit the country.”
Adeniran said, “we wish Mr. President the swiftest of al recoveries and we call for the process of handing of power to the Vice President as constitutionally required to commenced to avoid a logjam in governance at this challenging times.”