- Some Nigerians have continued to pressure President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose his health status
- Yusuf Bala, a federal lawmaker from Kaduna, argued that Buhari's ailment is not a yardstick not to vote for him in 2019
- He said voting for Buhari would enable him consolidate on all his achievements during this first term
President Muhammadu Buhari’s ailment should not stop him from being electable or stop Nigerian from voting for him in 2019, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.
Yusuf Bala, the representative of Ikara/Kubua federal constituency of Kaduna state at the House of Representatives, urged Nigerians to re-elect Buhari for a second term.
NAIJ.com reports that there had been calls by some Nigerians for the president to reveal the nature of ailment as well as his health status.
Bala argued that Buhari’s second term would help him consolidate the achievements so far recorded by his administration.
The Sun reports Bala as saying that as long as the president is alive, nothing should stop him from seeking for re-election in 2019.
“As long as the President is alive and healthy, let him contest and continue with the good work he started, otherwise, we will have a problem in the country.
“It is sustainability that matters. He has a lot of initiatives, but people might not feel the impact immediately. If he has the opportunity to continue, the impact will be felt by Nigerians.
“So, I am in support of his reelection if he decides to continue. And I will give him the maximum support I can muster. I am in support of him seeking a second term.
“I am going to support his reelection as long as he wants to re-contest. We are all humans. We are mortals.
“You can fall sick. I can fall sick. My child of one and half years was admitted in the hospital recently. We are human beings.
“Sickness is something that we can’t avoid. It can happen to anybody. That angle as far as I am concerned, doesn’t matter,” he argued.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Femi Adesina, Buhari's spokesperson recently said nobody can force Muhammadu Buhari to disclose the nature of his ailment or health status.
Adesina said this while answering a question on the possibility of Nigerians getting to know about the president’s ailment.
“It is only the president himself that can declare that. And when he came back from London on March 10, he said it that he had never been that sick in his life," he said.
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