Cabal Can’t Be Allowed To Continue Running Nigeria, Swear-in Osinbajo – Adegboruwa Tells Senate
SAN FRANCISCO, May 02, (THEWILL) – Human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has urged the Senate to declare the office of the president vacant, noting that ill-health has not allowed President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out the functions of his office.
While disagreeing with those advising that Buhari should immediately embark on a medical leave, the Lagos lawyer requested the Senate to swear in the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as acting president.
He made his opinion known in a statement on Tuesday, arguing that the Nigerian Constitution anticipates a fit and proper chief executive to govern the country, stressing that a cabal cannot be allowed to continue running Nigeria.
According to the lawyer, “Since I personally got to know of the ill health of General Buhari, I've changed a lot of my views concerning his government.
“We are all human after all, and no one can play God or rejoice over another man on account of his ill health. I then decided to pray for the President and also to lie low, in respect of my usual assessment of his policies, in order to give him enough time to fully recover.
“But hard as I tried, I couldn't just convince Uncle Lai Mohammed or any other member of General Buhari's cabinet, to publicly admit to the people of Nigeria that the President is truly and seriously sick, as sick could be, even though I personally know the true position.
“On account purely of his ill health, the President has not been performing his official duties, he has not been able to preside over the Federal Executive Council and he has not been seen in public for about two weeks now.”
The statement continues, “We cannot continue in this fashion whereby a cabal has taken over the affairs of Nigeria, causing great panic in the land, purely for their own selfish ends. Enough is enough.
“It is based on the foregoing that I find it hard to align with activists, who seem to suggest that all that the President needs presently is a medical vacation and begging him to so proceed.
“That cannot be the option before our great nation, with all due respect to these patriots. Somebody capable, fit and proper, must be in charge of Nigeria, not a cabal. And our nation cannot be ruled by proxy, through a cabal that was not elected into office.
“Where on earth did the activists meet with the President, to know that he is sick and deserves a medical vacation? Has any of them been privy to know his health status? Just yesterday, Nigerians were being insulted by the aides of the President that he is so fit and healthy that he will contest and win the 2019 election, when I know that there are ministers and aides who have never ever spent as much as 20 minutes with the President, since they were appointed.
“We do not need to wait for the Yar'adua scenario before we take steps to save the President from himself and his handlers.”