Will Buhari be considered incapacitated?


AT the homestretch of the 2015
presidential election, the Goodluck
Jonathan’s reelection campaign
team challenged the then candidate
Muhammadu Buhari on a sport
contest. When the gauntlet was
left unpicked, the team in a follow
up, set the internet abuzz with the
juxtaposition of the pictures of
President Jonathan and members
of his Federal Executive Council
jogging and that of not-too-goodlooking
candidate Buhari.
The challenge which came on the
heels of simmering conjectures on
the health condition of candidate
Buhari was aimed at passing one
message which is: President Jonathan
is healthier than candidate Buhari to
carry out the duties of the office of
president of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria.
But was “health” given a premium
in the election? The die-hard
supporters of the opposition party
was so fortissimo that not even
the yawping of Governor Ayodele
Fayose of Ekiti State could be heard.
They rally-cried “Nigeria sai changi”
and people responded with “Sai
Buhari” and thus turned a blind eye
to the critical issues in the election.
That health is of premium in the
electability of a candidate leaves no
room for argument. All public office
–let alone the office of president–
demands people who are sound both
in body and in mind so that efficiency
and proficiency will be brought to
fruition in the exercise of the duties of the office.
Ever wonder why Nigeria is in
downward spiral today? Serious
countries never play with the health
reports of candidates for an election–
for there is a correlation between
the health of a leader and his/her
performance in office. This explains
why the Hillary Clinton for President
Campaign quickly published the health
report of its candidate when candidate
Donald Trump alleged that she is not
healthy enough to be the president of
the United States.
Nigeria is sick today because President
Buhari is sick. And that the nature of
the sickness is jealously guarded makes
the matter more complicated. Whither
Nigeria?
The happenings in our today’s
Nigeria often evoke the anecdote of
the wise ram. The story had it that
lion’s friendship with tortoise was put
to test when the former sought the
guardianship of the latter’s child after
devouring four of its five children due
to the famine that struck the animal
kingdom at that time. The request was
the one that the tortoise cannot say no
because they were good friends. So
to select the one to send to the lion,
the tortoise gathered its children and
began to ask: how many times will
something happen to you before you
become wise? The eldest answered
four times. The second said two times
whereas the third son said one time but
when it came to the turn of the wise
ram, it answered: before the act is fully
hatched I will discover and avoid it.
The tortoise nodded and sent the wise
ram to the lion. So I ask Nigerians: where are the
wise rams among you? We have toed
this path before and not only that we
are on it again but very complacent
about its implication to the political
development of the country.
At a point in the Yar’Adua’s saga,
when all the threads in the political
machinations of the cabal that hijacked
the country were unwoven, the
‘doctrine of necessity was invoked’ –I
wonder if the National Assembly is
waiting for another bazaar before the
said doctrine will be invoked?
In his first medical trip, President
Buhari spent over fifty days in the
London hospital and incurred an
expenditure profile that the minister
of information, Lai Mohammed, said
would undermine national security if
made public. President Buhari has been
away to the same hospital since May 10
for a follow up treatment and with no
sign of returning soon.

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