From: Linus Oota, Lafia
Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has been recommended for a psychiatric test over his recent ‘crude’ statement on the health of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group, APC Youth Progressive Frontier, who stated this in a statement, jointly signed by its National President, Gbolaham Badmus and Secretary General, Shodeinde Lukman , respectively, and made available to our correspondent, lampooned the former party chairman for trying to play politics with the president’s health.
The statement said, “As patriotic Nigerians that are thoroughly engrossed in the task of contributing our quota to the development of the nation, we are pained by the way and manner some key officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have chosen to make derogatory statement about the affairs of the nation especially the issues surrounding the well-being of our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari.
“In one of the latest instances, the founding National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, shamelessly told those who cared to listen to his infamous sermon that the health condition of the president have dovetailed into untold hardship on the citizenry and called for emergency measures to be taken in order to avert a national calamity. We view this as an irresponsible drift.
“With due respect, we wish to state categorically that such careless utterances by a person who is supposed to have known and appreciated the immense energy, vigour, dedication and a whole-hearted commitment President Buhari have injected into the task of rejuvenating our national life, is grossly disappointing.
“And has actually gone a long way to show how petty our grandparents have become. In order climes, this would have been a time for sober reflection and not a time for some people to take alibi in and unleash their hidden venom and deep rooted hatred against the president,” the group noted.
Akande was quoted to have said that “The greatest danger, however, is for political interests at the corridor of power attempting to feast on the health of Mr. President in a dangerous manner that may aggravate the problems between the Executive and the National Assembly without realising if, in the end, it could drag the entire country into avoidable doom.
“My greatest fear, however, is that the country should not be allowed to slide into anarchy and disorder of a “monumental proportion,” Akande said.
The group, however, maintain that the main purpose of such utterances in its estimation was that a section of the party is now torn between the pursuit of personal, yet infamous agenda which has the ultimate evil aim of creating an anomalous cabal that is tilted towards a particular section of the country rather that helping in rebuilding a virile nation that all of us will be proud to be its citizens.
“This is a dangerous dimension which we all patriotic Nigerians must gallantly stand up to defend democracy against hawks that are lurking around with dubious intentions.
In a related development, the Arewa Consultative Forum, on Tuesday, also frowned at the unhealthy statement credited to Akande over President Buhari’s health.