Chris Steven, Abuja
A coalition of over 22 democratic elements under the auspices of National Coalition of Democrats has expressed worries over the activities of former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu describing him as a leader of a cabal seeking to use issues around President Muhammadu Buhari’s health as an opportunity to achieve a clandestine motive.
Addressing a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state capital, Tuesday, Melvin Ejeh, the Executive Director of Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative GOPRI and Charles Okoroji of the Action Against Oppression Initiative, AAOI stated that Nigerians have followed the recent turn of event around the President’s health and how some self acclaimed political gladiators are making a storm out of a tea cup in pursuit of reinventing their fledgling political stature.
The Coalition however warned the cabal to desist from such illicit act forthwith as it is prepared to do all that is permissible within the law to resist their attempt at power grab while hiding under the pretext of Mr President’s health challenges.
“In recent days, we have seen a cabal go to work. Members of this cabal had been secretive hitherto but they have developed a measure of boldness since Mr President took out time to rest in the last couple of weeks. The dangerous thing about this cabal is its ethnic tilt and composition which points to something dangerous for the country.
“Since the leader of the cabal, whom we have since been able to gather is, former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu reportedly gave the go ahead for open attack on President Buhari, his foot soldiers have been hard at work. In a curious but saddening case of deception, they are hiding their agenda behind the façade of national interest,” they said
According to the coalition, the grand plan that is being implemented was flagged off by the media arm of the cabal, Sahara Reporters, which ran a so called exclusive to paint a picture of an invalid president contrary to the assurances given by the President including the one by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who confirmed that President Buhari is able to attend to official memos from the Presidential residence.
They stressed that Sahara Reporters has been at the forefront of demonizing President Buhari since his anti-corruption stance blocked the diversion of government funds into its publisher’s pockets.
This was as they equally alerted the general public that, in the near future more false reports aimed at causing maximum damages would be published by the online medium.
“We can confidently tell you that members of the cabal have been mandated to supply Sahara Reporters with damaging information to further heighten apprehension about Mr President’s health. The categories of information agreed at a meeting some few days ago included any document that can be interpreted to imply a deteriorating health condition of the Commander-in-Chief, pictures and videos of Mr President convalescing. Additional mandate given to Sahara Reporters publisher is to procure the services of a company that does special video effects to doctor any supplied video with the aim of painting a picture of hopelessness.
“A point man for the self appointed All Progressives Congress (APC) leader and human rights lawyer, Chief Femi Falana (SAN) has already led a handful of other commissioned SANs to heighten concern over President Buhari’s health. The brief of these lawyers, as we have learnt, is in addition to heating up the polity with their utterances to contrive a phantom constitutional impasse that politicians waiting in the wing will latch on to make trouble”, the group further alleged.
In furtherance of the agenda, the coalition also noted that some unconscionable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have similarly been recruited to mobilize unwary Nigerians for an evil plot.
“Compromised leaders in this sector have issued a statement to cause panic. Those that signed this are Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, Debo Adeniran, Dr. Chris Kwaja, Mr. Y. Z. Ya’u, Chom Bagu, and Olanrewaju Suraju, Ezenwa Nwagwu, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, David Ugolor, ‘Sina Odugbemi, Muhammed Attah, and Adetokunbo Mumuni. These are individuals that Nigerians that love the country must keep under watch in the coming days. Their brief involves orchestrating protests to pile further pressure on President Buhari”.
The coalition also strongly believe that the comments credited to former APC Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, while presented as the intervention of an elder statesman are in reality the position jointly adopted by a meeting of the cabal that is trying to unseat the president for their clansman.
The group said it is placing it on records for Nigerians to bear in mind that none of the many utterances and statements being issued around President Buhari’s health are being done with good intentions pointing out that such conduct is unwarranted.
“We urge President Buhari not to allow the antics of this cabal to stampede him into cutting short his recuperation time. No one is God and health challenges occur to mortals and is not by choice”, the coalition concluded.