You have 74-hrs to disclose Buhari’s health status – SNG tells Presidency

The Save Nigeria Group, SNG, on Tuesday, hand out a 74 hours
ultimatum to the the presidency to provide it with full details on President
Muhammadu Buhari’s state of health, who is currently in London and believed to
be receiving medical attention in London.
The SNG made this demand by means of a letter, entitled “Request for information on President
Muhammadu Buhari’s health status”
and was addressed to the Attorney General
(AG) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The office of AG has acknowledged the letter sent by the
group today, February 7, 2017.the According to the content of the letter, the
group warned that it will take all other required legitimate and legal steps
should the authorities overlook the request.
The letter signed by Barrister Benedict Ezeagu, the National
Coordinator, SNG thus read:
“This ugly
development, including denial, conditional admission and restriction of access
to President Buhari and the true information on his health status is
reminiscence of the late President Yar’Adua’s incident which our revered
organisation was at the forefront of its peaceful resolution and this is not
good for Nigeria at this critical period of economic downturn, nationwide
insecurity, and political strife.

“As you may know, the
lack of clearness in handling the ‘vacation’ turned ‘medical trip’ of Mr.
President has heightened the rumours and speculations about his health, the
most frightening of which is that President Muhammadu Buhari had passed on or
he has been in coma or on life-supporting machine, and thus increasing the
political tension in the country.

“Since Mr. President
is not a private citizen but a public servant whose health bills are currently
being paid from the country’s treasury, Nigerians deserves the right to know
the true state of his health as obtainable in enlightened republics.

“In the light of the
foregoing Sir, while we join other Nigerians to pray for Mr. President in line
with the request of the Presidency, we hereby demand for full information on
the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari in exercise of the rights
granted us by section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
as amended, the freedom of information Act and Article 9 of African charter on
Human and people’s rights, as this will help dispel these rumours and
speculations and reduce the current political tension in the country.

“Please sir, take
notice that if we are not availed of the requested information within 74 hours
of your receipt of this letter, we will have no alternative than to take all
other necessary legitimate and legal steps, including approaching the National
Assembly to activate relevant sections of the Constitution with regard to the
health of a Nigerian president as well as institute court actions and organise
peaceful protests among others, to ensure that we are availed of these rights
guaranteed Nigerians by the laws.
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