British politician and former military officer, Eric Stuart Joyce who
made shocking allegations about Buhari’s health has dared the presidency
to prove that he is alive.
Joyce, has again stirred up controversy over the health of President
Muhammadu Buhari saying that Nigerians should compel the presidency to
make a statement.
but if Mr Buhari is declared dead or permanently incapacitated then it
will be the second time in succession that a Northern Muslim president
has died and been replaced by his Southern Christian deputy. This is a
challenge in a country whose democracy is based upon a complex balance
of different regional and religious interests.
given the great success which was the peaceful handing over of power
after the last election.
democracies, it is a strict requirement of being president that your
people know exactly what your physical condition is at all times. This
practice is not historically confined to democracies, of course. Kings
of old were routinely watched in their bedchambers; Queens were watched
as they gave birth to heirs. This was all to ensure that things were as
they seemed. Requiring a president to show he is capable of running his
country, and is definitely not dead, is a simple and practical extension
even of life for some time, it seems that in a bid to manage the
succession the presidency may be lying to the public about the
presidents health or even life, and making Nigeria’s democratic status a
mockery into the bargain.
unconcerned that he may be dead; unconcerned that if he is alive then he
may be too ill to carry on. In the absence of serious newspaper and TV
media, then, it is left to social media to do the job. So here we are.
Mr Buhari, and perhaps ask their children if they have any ideas. If
you do this, you will have looked harder for him than the Nigerian
It would be recalled that SaharaReporters had after Aisha Buhari returned from London alleged that she did not see her husband when she travelled to the UK