- The PDP has reacted to President Buhari’s 800 metres trek on Tuesday, August 21
- The presidency reportedly said the president decided to take the walk to reply those insinuating he might not be of good health
- The opposition party, however, disagreed, saying a mere walk of 800 metres was not enough to determine his health status and ability
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians will not be swayed by his claim that he walked 800 metres to demonstrate his health status and thereby ready for the second term in office.
The opposition party said Nigerians would rather be looking for a competent and a knowledgeable president, whom it said must have the capacity to tackle many problems facing the nation, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the party said it wondered why walking “a mere 800 metres” had become a thing of joy to warrant a statement from the presidency.
It claimed that before the president and his aides could celebrate such a “feat”, the health situation of the president must have been in a precarious situation for some time.
The national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, told The Punch that he wondered why “a mere walk” would become a yardstick to measure performance and readiness to lead a nation as big and as sophisticated as Nigeria.
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari decided to walk from the Eid praying ground in Daura to his private residence on Tuesday, August 21.
The presidency described the move as evidence of his fitness, contrary to the claim by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state that the president was sick.
Tambuwal, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, had claimed that “there is a vacuum in the government occasioned by his (Buhari’s ) indisposition probably because of his old age or health condition.”
The former speaker of the House of Representatives added that this was why Nigerians had been yearning for younger people to lead the country.
The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed that the president decided to take the walk to reply those insinuating he might not be of good health.
“The president is fit, he is healthy; he is good to go for the second term," Shehu added.
Secondus, however, disagreed saying “a mere walk of 800 metres by the president was not enough to determine his health status and ability.”
He said: “When does a mere walk become readiness of someone to lead? Why celebrating a mere walk of 800 metres? Was the President on a wheelchair before? Why treat him like a child who was just learning how to walk?
“Is Nigeria or are Nigerians looking for walkers to lead them or someone who has the capacity to lead and tackle their problems?
“Now, is that what Nigeria has become? Just that someone claimed he walked 800 metres, he is good to go. When he was younger about two or three years ago, we saw his capacity.
“Is it now that he is old, hardly reads and hardly grants interviews that he would do better? No, tell them that what we need is not what he is offering us. Nigerians deserve more and he needs to do more to convince us that he can lead for the next four years.”
He asked the aides of the president to stop ridiculing him with their claims.
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