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House on fire as reps clash over the health status of Buhari

by O. S David

House on fire as reps clash over the health status of Buhari

There was commotion in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as members exchanged words over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari. Explain


The disagreement which ensued between the Lawmakers was over the use of the word “sickness” in referring to Buhari or explaining his reason for being away from the country to the United Kingdom since January 19.

The disagreement was more enunciated among members of the ruling party(APC).

While some members said Buhari was sick and was away to treat himself, others claimed that he was on “medical vacation.”

The argument started when the House Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, tried to stop the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, from describing the President as a sick man.

Both Gbajabiamila, who is from Lagos State, and Ado-Doguwa, who is from Kano State, are members of the APC.

Ado-Doguwa was contributing and opposing a motion seeking to investigate the alleged harassment of members of ‘Kwankwasia’ followers, a political group loyal to former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

He had stated that the motion, which was moved by a fellow Kano lawmaker, Mr. Aliyu Madaki, was “basesless” because the Kwankwasia group was known for moving around the state and inciting people against the political leadership. Observe

Ado-Doguwa observed that the country was already under tension owing to the absence of Buhari and could not afford any “partisan” activities that could lead to insecurity.

He also said the group was already campaigning for the 2019 presidential elections in a volatile place like Kano.

“Our beloved President is sick abroad.

“These partisan activities are completely unnecessary and baseless. The police must do their work of protecting lives and property anywhere in the country.

“The sponsor of the motion failed to lay the facts of the issues as they are”, he added.

But, Gbajabiamila shouted “point of order” and requested the presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, to ask Ado-Doguwa to desist from calling Buhari a sick President.

Gbajabiamila stated, “There is no factual basis for what he is saying, that Buhari is sick abroad.

“The President is not sick. At best, he should rather say that the President is on medical vacation.

“There is a difference between being sick and going on a medical vacation.”


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