A new political group, John Kayode Fayemi Movement (JKF Movement), has criticised campaigns by some Nigerians asking President Muhammadu Buhari to either return to the office from his medical vacation or vacate office.
It said the President did not breach any law by attending to his health after writing to the National Assembly on his medical vacation and transmitting power to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, according to the constitutional stipulations in the transfer of power protocol.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the Public Relations Officer, Kunle Omotayo, the group praised Nigerians for their prayers for the President, saying that should the spirit that must propel the action of every Nigerian for a quick recovery of the President’s health to enable him concentrate on the challenges of fixing the economy, including fighting corruption.
Describing the activities of those calling for Buhari’s resignation as inhuman and “politics carried too far”, the group said instead of insensitivity to the president’s health to cause him distractions, Buhari should be encouraged to achieve more successes in his anti-corruption war, including supporting efforts so far towards his economic revival activities through massive provision of critical infrastructure and investment in social services for human capital development.
The statement quoted the Chairman of the group, Pastor Ade Kolade, as saying that the current economic recession would soon end, as other countries that witnessed worse economic crises survived their problems and came out stronger.
“Nigeria is not the only country that has passed through this stage. Several countries with worse economic problems survived their problems, and as Nigeria is blessed with honest leadership in President Muhammadu Buhari, all we need is to pray for him for quick recovery to provide the right and honest leadership to redirect Nigeria to the path of economic recovery and growth,” he said.
The group also criticised clampdown on opposition members in Ekiti State, noting that the recent arrest of opposition members in the state capital after attending court proceedings was a reckless provocation that could ignite crisis in the state.
“Instead of oppressing the opponents with state powers, Governor Ayodele Fayose is advised to stop assault on the opposition and unnecessary imposition of his will as he is currently doing in Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, by provoking a crisis in the students union movement over the loss of his preferred candidate in the students’ union election.
“Fayose should pay the school’s subventions and lecturers’ salaries, which are the reasons for failure to start the second semester examinations since a month ago,” the statement added.
Noting that mineral resources abound in the state to help cope with her economic challenges, the group advised Fayose to establish department of solid minerals like his counterparts in other states, such as Ondo and Kogi states, to enable the state benefit from the Federal Government’s economic diversification policy to tackle current challenges in salary payment, including providing jobs and critical infrastructure.