The health status of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is the obvious issue of the moment in the country in the last few months.
Of course, being the nation’s number one citizen, whatever concerns the President ought to interest all Nigerians. Unfortunately, the posture of official information management on the subject has generated a high level of conflict among Nigerians.
While there have been lots of speculations about his health status, no one knows what is going on. And if there are a few people who are in the know, they are not ready to give out details.
The indefinite extension of Buhari’s leave in the UK heightened the suspicions Nigerians have about his fitness.
Against the backdrop of the nation’s experience during the presidency of Umaru Yar’adua, all sorts of what may have happened or not dominated public space in the country.
President Buhari has done a lot to reduce the prowess of Boko Haram terrorists in the country, and this is just one of the many things he is doing to make Nigeria a better place for all.
The once dreadful Sambisa forest has now been cleared of insurgents and the happy story goes on. President Buhari is also doing his best to doggedly fight corruption, diversify the economy and reduce poverty and unemployment.
Considering his achievements and good intentions, the president, therefore, needs the support and fervent prayers of all Nigerians, irrespective of creed, religion or ethnicity.
To be factual, the nation’s health can be measured in line with the president’s health.
It is pertinent for Nigerians to intercede through prayers for President Muhammadu as prayer as the only key to boost Buhari’s health condition and the economy of the country. I admonished Nigerians not to wish the President dead but pray for his good health.
It is also important to stress that President Buhari is not just the father of the nation, he is also human like the rest of us. Anybody can fall sick at any point in time, and in times like this, we can only pray for him to get better and for things to go back to normal.
I urge Nigerians to shun violence, partisan politics, religious and tribal sentiment over President Buhari’s health challenge. We also urge Nigerians to show goodwill and patriotism; they should pray and wish the president speedy recovery.
It is important for Nigerians to pray for us not to have a repeat of what happened during President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s tenure. He was bedridden for a long time before he finally passed on. Nigerians must pray for President Buhari to return safely so we do not become plagued with a history like that.
According to reports, President Buhari is eager to return home but has been advised to rest for a while for reasons best known to the medical team.
Conclusively, the posture of President Buhari’s administration to governance is no doubt commendable. It is therefore not an administration to be rubbished. Government must accordingly strive to embrace a robust information management style that can ensure effective public enlightenment and bridge the gap between government and the people.
Gbenga Odunsi writes from Abuja.
He currently edits AljazirahNigeria Newspapers.
#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday
President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.
This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana
According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari
”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.
#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough
The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.
Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.
She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.
“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.
She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.
The APC chieftain continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.
“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.
Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.
“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.
“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.
Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.
Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery
Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed.
In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.
“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”
Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.
“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”
In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.
“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.
“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”
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