Following President Muhammadu Buhari's return to the nation yesterday after 51 days medical vacation, the controversial Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose has denied that he had ever wished the President Dead.
Governor Fayose and the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) were once again at each other's neck as they resumed brawl over the sudden, but safe return to the country of President Buhari.
While the APC accused Fayose of wishing Buhari dead, the governor denied ever nursing such a thought.
Speaking through its state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party expressed delight over President Buhari’s successful medical trip to London, adding that his return had vindicated its claim that the President was not terminally ill as being portrayed in some quarters opposed to the anti-corruption war of the APC-led Federal Government.
It also expressed appreciation to Nigerians who offered prayers and goodwill for the quick recovery of the president.
The party, which accused Fayose of a death wish for him, enthused that the governor “has been put to shame with Buhari’s arrival hale and hearty on Friday.”
It added: “We also commend the Presidency and the President for not dignifying Fayose with a response when he cynically requested Buhari
to call him to prove that he was alive.”
But, reacting, while speaking to newsmen when he signed a condolence register in honour of late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, Governor
Fayose said: “Whether they say shame to us or they abuse me, good luck to the Presidents’ loyalists and APC. Nobody would wish President Buhari dead. What is important is that for the President to stay away for that long, anybody would feel concerned about it. So, we pray that may God give him the strength to do his job. He has a job to do, so we will continue to pray for him to be well to fix the economy, put food on our table, we cannot task a sick man on these challenges, we will continue to pray for him to be well and bring the dollar back to N200 or less.
“We don’t have power over life and we have to continue to thank God that the President is alive strong and back. Anybody can be sick whether you are young or old. What is important is that God should give him the strength to be alive and do what we expect him to do for our country. I just leant that he said he would be going back in a few weeks’ time we have to keep our fingers crossed.
Clarifying his earlier critical position Fayose said: “There is no doubt that age is not on his side like every other person and there are many health challenges that comes with aging. What is best is that we continue to pray for him because the Holy books say we should pray for our leaders in authority.”
President Muhammadu Buhari will officially resume work on Monday after being away from his desk for 52 days on medical vacation.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this while clarifying a statement by the president purportedly misconstrued by the public.
Adesina, through his twitter handle, @FemAdesina, said the president, who returned to the country yesterday after some weeks medical vacation in London, would on Monday transmit letter to the National Assembly to formally register his return to the country.
“…That makes his return to work formal, and constitutional,” the presidential spokesman said.