Chris Steven, Abuja
A group, National Forum of Democrats, NFD has described as insincere, comments by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the health challenges of President Muhammadu Buhari saying the words were merely placatory but lack emotional depth.
Tinubu in his comment on President Buhari’s return to the UK, dismissed apprehensions about the President’s health and warned against what he called mutterings which he said could lead to the derailment of the President’s progressive agenda.
He also affirmed that the country was in good shape as he charged anxious Nigerians to trust the President, who, he said, they gave the mandate to govern, to also make good decisions concerning his personal health.
But the NFD said it was not impressed by the muttering of Tinubu only when the president chose to travel and asked the APC national leader to apologise to President Muhamad Buhari over his other comments before he can be taken seriously.
The group in a statement by its president, Alhaji Gambo Dambatta demanded an apology from the APC within 48 hours saying that is the only way he can convince those he had hurt through his previous comments and actions, that he has truly repented.
The NFD said Nigerians have not forgotten how only recently, the former Lagos governor had indicated interest in running as president of the country in 2019 at a time the current president was being treated abroad only for him to amend the comment on realizing his mistake later by saying he will contest only if Buhari is not contesting.
It said the nation is also not fooled by the comments of Chief Bisi Akande, to the effect that the president’s health has worsened and that he deserves prayers from Nigerians.
The group said the voice is definitely that of Jacob but the hands were that of Esau and insisted that an apology is required to demonstrate genuine repentance.
“Instead of thinking that he can take the whole country for a ride, the APC leader should do the needful by apologizing to the President and Nigerians before he can be taken seriously.
“His last statement on Buhari is just a smokescreen to cover his retreat and surrender approach.
“We will welcome the repentance and wish he is able to move it a step forward with a mass solidarity rally for the President as was done against him under his watchful eyes.” It said