Unfounded Speculations About Buhari’s Health Should Cease, Says Tinubu


Bola Tinubu and Muhammadu Buhari

Samson Folarin

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigerians should give him a chance to finish what he started.

Tinubu, while recounting the achievements of the Buhari administration, urged Nigerians to stop unfounded speculations about the President’s health.

He also urged Nigerians to continue to believe in Buhari’s ability to deliver on his electoral promises.

The APC leader, whose position was contained in a statement he personally signed on Sunday, said he trusted the President to make the right decision as regards his health, adding that there was no need for panic.

He said, “President Buhari has moved us from the path of failure to a path where we have a fighting chance to realise a better nation. Had we stuck to the ways of the former administration, our present situation would be worse than untenable. Those who publicly speculate about the issue of the President’s health must keep all of this in mind. Much is at stake. We owe a responsibility to be wise and circumspect in what is spoken into the public ear.

“We voted for President Buhari because we trusted his ability to make decisions regarding complex issues of state. If we can trust him to handle difficult matters of governance, we can also trust him to make correct decisions regarding his personal health. The President Buhari I have come to know is an honest and responsible man and a leader.”

The former Lagos State governor noted that when the President returned to the country from his medical trip on March 10, he disclosed his health condition without holding anything back.

He added that those who speculated about the President’s health out of concern should, however, not be condemned.

“They should be advised not to allow fear to ambush their better judgment and their courage. They should not give themselves to idle speculation. We should not buy into the myth of some cabal at work. Dwelling in empty speculation on the existence of some mythic cabal is not what the country needs at present. From what I can see, the President remains at the helm and his policies are being implemented.

“Those who truly care about the President and the important work he still must do should not allow themselves to become the unwitting tools of the regressive forces.  We must stand with and beside our President. The unfounded speculation around his health should stop. We must not covet fear and rumour but should engage our creativity and enterprise to help the President accomplish his historic mission.  Our greatest energies should be focused on righting this economy so that it provides a decent livelihood for all people. This critical path towards economic recovery must be followed for the sake of our children,” he said.   (

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