Group demands medical panel to determine Buhari’s suitability to remain in office

The Coalition of Concerned Nigerians has urged the Federal Executive Council to ask the National Assembly to request a medical examination of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The coalition made the request in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

The statement was signed by the Chairman, National Conscience Party, Alhaji Tanko Yunusa; a lawyer and social activist, Mr. Ikechukwu Ikeji; a former Commissioner, Delta State Oil Producing Commission, Mr. Ken Okolugbo; a lawyer and businessman, Mr. Turner Ogboru; and a chartered accountant and public affairs analyst, Mr. Bala Zakkar.

The group said the medical examination will determine the President’s suitability to remain in office.

Members noted that Buhari has spent 114 days out of the first 180 days of the year on medical leave.

It also asked the National Assembly to put a limit to the duration a President or governor can go on medical vacation.

The statement partly reads, “Our worry is as to the exact nature of the President’s health and the fact that this has been kept secret from Nigerians, who pay his medical bills and who are entitled to know the state of health of their President.

“This situation is unprecedented. When Yar’Adua took ill, the nature of his sickness was disclosed to Nigerians. And when Yar’Adua stayed away from Nigeria for 79 days, it was the present President, Muhammadu Buhari, who called on Yar’Adua to resign or be impeached by the National Assembly.

“The chicken has come home to roost and it is now the turn of President Buhari to walk his talk. While we are not here calling for his resignation or impeachment, we are insistent that the nature and cause of his sickness be disclosed to Nigerians.”

The group added that the President’s handlers should be made to reveal the nature of his sickness.

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