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Is Muhammadu Buhari Dead Or Alive? — By Femi Fani Kayode

Is Muhammadu Buhari Dead Or Alive? — By Femi Fani Kayode New York[RR]London–Most columnists, writers and public commentators have shied away from doing so but today yours truly will treat a matter and pose a question that is in the hearts and minds of many both within and outside Nigeria. The question is whether President […]

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Is Muhammadu Buhari Dead Or Alive? — By Femi Fani Kayode

New York[RR]London–Most columnists, writers and public commentators have shied away from doing so but today yours truly will treat a matter and pose a question that is in the hearts and minds of many both within and outside Nigeria.
The question is whether President Muhammadu Buhari (remember him?) is actually dead or still alive.
And, assuming that he is still alive, is he lost to the world in a vegetative state and deep coma, is he suffering from an extreme and crippling form of dementia or is he lucid, functional, rational and clear-thinking?
These are the relevant and poignant questions that many are seeking answers to yet this whole matter and everything that flows from it, for some strange and inexplicable reason, is shrouded in the utmost secrecy and subterfuge.
The Presidency has told us that Buhari has travelled out of the country yet no-one has seen pictures or footage of him going out of Nigeria or arriving in his preferred destination in a foreign land.
Assuming that he really did travel out one wonders which country he was ferried to, whether he went there on his feet or on his back and whether he is presently on admission in a hospital or resides in a private or official residence.
The Presidency claims that he is still alive and we sincerely hope that this is the case.
Yet many have their doubts simply because it has been proved over and over again that the Federal Government are nothing but a nest of vipers and a brood of pernicious and pathological liars.
They lie as if there is no tomorrow and consequently few believe anything that they say including the assertion that the President is still alive or that he is running the affairs of our nation from his sick bed in the United Kingdom.
The truth is that if the Presidency or the Federal Government told us that it was day outside most of us would be forced to assume that it was night.
That is how skeptical the more discerning amongst us are about what those in power tell us. Between the rulers and the ruled in Nigeria today there is no trust.
Consequently we are under no obligation, given their compulsive and sociopathic affinity for mendacities and deceit, to believe anything that the Buhari administration or the Presidency tells us.
The bottom line is this: if the President is dead, stop playing games, tell us the truth, bury him with dignity and let his soul rest in peace.
If he is alive let us know exactly what has afflicted him, what his condition is, where he is, how he is doing and, most important of all, give us proof of life.
Anything short of treading one of these two paths is not only dishonorable but also utterly reprehensible and amounts to nothing less than a glaring and singular insult to the collective sensibilities of the Nigerian people.
Simply put, we have a right to know the truth.
The usage of lies, deceit, secrecy, subterfuge and disinformation in the administration of governance coupled with the promotion of indiscipline, the encouragement of impunity, the disobedience of court orders, the undermining of the rule of law, the destruction of democratic institutions and the lack of fairness and justice are the worst forms of corruption.
Sadly this government, more than any other in the history of our country, is guilty of each and every one of these grave charges. This is deeply troubling and it gives us cause not only for concern but also deep introspection.
Meanwhile we congratulate Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for finally signing the 2017 budget. Even though we are already half way through the year, as they say, it is better late than never.
This is a step in the right direction and it is worthy of applause and commendation.
However what causes some consternation and beggars belief is the asinine and childish assertion by Mr. Shehu Garbage of the Presidency that President Buhari “gave his permission” for the Acting President to sign it.
Honestly when I heard this contribution I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
I was constrained to ask when the Presidency had transformed from being Nigeria’s most powerful and exalted seat of power into a theater of comedy and a home for second rate comedians.
These people will do and say anything to hide or distort the truth and to humiliate and undermine the authority and standing of Acting President Osinbajo.
And the fact that Osinbajo allows them to get away with it is an eloquent testimony to his nauseating weakness and inability to take control and administer power in the way that he is expected to do.
After all we do not operate a monarchial system of government in Nigeria and Buhari is not a King. He does not have any “divine rights” and he is not a deity or a ruler with absolute powers.
He is simply a democratically-elected President who is bound by the rules and conventions of the constitution and who is meant to be nothing more than a servant of the people.
In this context the question that needs to be answered is simple and clear and that question is as follows.
Does an Acting President need the permission of a sick, AWOL and bed-ridden President, who has been compelled by his debilitating ill-health to formally hand over power to his second-in-command as the constitution dictates, to sign the budget?
The answer is a resounding “no”.

Credit: Femi Fani Kayode

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