A group, National Coalition of Democrats (NCD) has accused former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of being behind recent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari over his health situation.
The group at a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state capital alleged that Tinubu is behind the group of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that recently came out to call on the president to take a medical leave.
Recall that about 12 such organisations and a lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, as well as a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had made the call on Buhari to heed his doctors’ advice, and proceed on a health vacation.
But the NCD condemned the call in a statement read at the briefing signed by its chairman, Amb Melvin Ejeh, Executive Director Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) and Dr Charles Okoroji, Secretary-General of the Coalition.
The statement read in part: “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.
“The grand plan that is being implement 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”.
According to the coalition, “some self-acclaimed political gladiators are making a storm out of a tea cup in pursuit of reinventing their fledgling political stature”.
It further claimed, that “more false reports aimed at causing maximum damages would be published by the propaganda website. We can confidently tell you that members of the cabal have been mandated to supply 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”.
They also alleged, that “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.
“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, Anwal 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 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.
“We therefore want to put Nigerians on notice that none of the many utterances and statements being issued around President Buhari’s health are being done with good intentions. Those carrying these stories are rather doing so in desperate bids to turn Nigerians against their President.
“We warn the cabal in the strongest terms possible that we will 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”.
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