- A group known as Concerned Citizens of Nigeria (CCN) has declared that it must know the actual ailment President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from
- CNN said it is shocked and in total disbelief that for some curious reasons the information team of the president is saying that he is a private citizen
- The group said that part 2 paragraph 1 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended states that president as a public officer
A group known as Concerned Citizens of Nigeria (CCN) asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s media team to give a detailed account of his ailment and type of treatment being administered to him.
According to Vanguard, the group in a statement by Kechukwu Ikeji, Ken Okolugbo, Turner Ogboru, Yunusa Tanko and Bala Zakka, said it was wrong for the Presidency to keep Buhari's illness secret for over 100 days.
NAIJ.com gathered that the group said it is unfortunate that some people have suggested that president is a private citizen and he, therefore, can decide at will to keep his medical record secret.
The statement read: ''We are however shocked and in total disbelief that for some curious reasons the information team of the President is saying that he is a private citizen. For that simple reason they do not want to disclose the illness of the President.
''Such declaration is highly unfortunate and shows the character including lack of knowledge of people managing the President. Their opinion is that the President is a private Citizen and he, therefore, can decide at will to keep his medical record secret.
''This is misconceived, ill-advised and inconsistent with the express provision of the Fifth Schedule, Part 2 Paragraph 1 of the1999 Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.
''This provision of the constitution defines the president as a public officer. It provides the general principle of the code of conduct for public officers as ''A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities''.
''Section 144 of the 1999 Constitution read as a whole makes it clear that one constitutional ground to cease to hold the office of president of the federation is that the president is suffering from such infirmity of body or mind as to render him permanently incapable of discharging the functions of his office.
''This constitutional provision does not create a constitutional duty and or responsibility on the part of the president of the federation through his personal physician to brief the nation on the state of the body and mind of the President when proceeding on medical vacation and throughout the medical vacation period.
''This is a big vacuum that ought to be addressed by our National Assembly if they mean well for Nigeria and Nigerians''.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari’s return to Nigeria was being scheduled to take place during the Muslim Sallah Festival according to reports.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Nigerians speaking about President Buhari's imminent return: