After several news making rounds in the media about the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in vacation in London, the Nigerian organised labour have gone against each other in disagreement as to whether the President need to speak to the public or nor.
The Nigeria Labour Congress on Thursday called on President Buhari to make a public appearance in order to dispel the rumour making rounds.
The General Secretary of the body, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson argued that it would be proper for Buhari to speak to Nigerians since they have been worried about his health.
“Nigerians have a right to be certain about the health situation of their President and the people who orchestrated rumours and unsubstantiated reports, one would wish for him to call their bluff by publicly addressing the citizens.
Reacting to this, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Bala Kaigama stated that the President had demanded to rest, which he handed over power to the next in line, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Kaigama said Nigerians can talk about the President’s health if he fails to return after the 10-day period of vacation he earlier requested.
“Why do we have to make noise about this? He is coming back; if he were to go and stay for a very long time, it is a different thing. If we have patience, he will come back. We are just being unnecessarily demanding.”
He urged Nigerians to be concerned with how the VP whom Buhari handed over to was handling the position, and not calling on him since he already announced a vacation and demanded to rest.
Speaking in support of the TUC President is Executive Secretary of Anti-corruption Network, Ebenezer Oyetakin. He faulted the call by some quarters on Buhari to address the nation from the UK.
He described the call as a mischief.
He said, “I do not subscribe to that. It smacks of mischief from such people. We are Africans. We have cultural discipline on some issues.
“He has done the appropriate thing by handing over to the VP as acting President. Let us be patient and maintain a sense of decorum and respect to the institution of governance.