The pandemonium, hullabaloo, furor and public outcry that accompany the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari due to an extension of vacation can make any patriotic Nigerian that is versed in the history of the country think along the line this article espouses.
By going down memory lane, one would remember that Nigeria, as a country, has passed through a similar phase with the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in mind, which may prompt the questions:
Is this a coincidence?
Is this providence?
The absence of a President for medical check up abroad is not new, but one that every Nigerian can never forget in a jiffy happened in 2010 to the 13th Nigerian President who lost his life due to a terminal disease.
On May 29th 2007, amid pomp and pageantry, he was inaugurated as the 13th President only to die in a matter of months after battling with an undisclosed ailment that deferred medical solution at the age of 59.
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is one of the few Nigerian leaders that was held in high esteem by all Nigerians and the expectations of him being a saviour of the Nigerian masses was high due to his antecedent and pedigree as one of Nigeria’s incorruptible governors — similar views held about the current president .
Again, coincidentally, both PMB and Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua hail from Kastina State and they were both viewed as leaders that possess the magic wand to turn any ailing political and economic landscape around.
Though the present realities is a stark contrast to what many Nigerians expected at the onset of PMB’s administration, the news of his ailment which necessitated the handing over of the affairs of the country to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the accompanying medical check up as the reason for the extension of leave, has left many Nigerians concerned and confused.
Some media platforms have relayed news about his failing health, while others have even gone as far as fanning death rumors of the president. These varying reports have brought confusion and uncertainty in the corridors of Nigeria’s leadership.
With the previous harrowing experience Nigerians passed through politically, economically and socially during the impasse that followed the failure of our leaders in disclosing the particular ailment that held down Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in Saudi Arabia in 2010, one cannot blame the masses for expressing such fears. Especially with the health status of PMB being handled in a politically similar fashion, with contradictory stories coming from leaders who are duty bound to inform the citizenry.
This has made many Nigerians to keep musing and asking whether there will be a coincidence or a repetition of what happened in 2010 in the annals of Nigeria history.
Will history repeat itself?
Will it end up as a mere coincidence or providence?
These questions keep bothering the mind of many Nigerians and no one has been able to douse the tension that accompany these questions.
Until the president returns walking with his two legs, Nigerians will continue to wonder if Aso Rock is a Presidential Villa that kills it’s occupant at will.
It is our prayer that the President will not be airlifted in a body bag, just as it happened in 2010. Hopefully, he will return tomorrow, Saturday, as it is now rumoured.
God bless Nigeria!