The Pan-Yoruba Socio-Political Organisation, Afenifere, has called for President Muhammad Buhari’s compulsory retirement. Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, made this call against the backdrop of a statement credited to the United States, US, President, Donald Trump, that his meeting with Buhari sometime in April, was “lifeless”.
An article published by Financial Times, revealed that Donald Trump told his Aides after the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, that he never wanted to meet a person “so lifeless again.”
“The US President may have some issues, but on this one, he is right”, Odumakin disclosed.
He noted further, that Nigeria is certainly one of the important nations of the world, and would not be doing well to have Buhari, who has a history of medical vacations abroad, to manage her sundry challenges beyond 2019.
“Nigerian Presidency is one of the most demanding in the world, and one of the most powerful Presidents in the world, and therefore, he needs to be extra fit, both physically and mentally, to be able to cope with the demands of the office”, he said.
“If the health of our President is in such a state for the President of America to make such comments about his health, it shows clearly that if there is love for the country, the President should at the end of this four years, compulsorily retire to his home, and go and take care of his health, than wanting to inflict another four years on this nation.”
Meanwhile, there has been an outrage as the Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, has described Trump’s comment as disrespectful.
The group also disagreed with critics that President Buhari was unfit to run for the 2019 elections, and to oversee the affairs of the country, in the next four years.
The Chairman of the group, Niyi Akinsiju, said that it was not the first time the US President was heard to make such derogatory remarks at World Leaders, noting that, Buhari would not be distracted by the latest comments from the US Leader.
“We are aware that President Trump’s disrespect for World Leaders is not new; his comments on Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, calling him ‘meek and mild’; his reference to Germany’s Leader, Angela Merkel’s actions as ‘insane’, or his outlandish Tweet at the UK’s Theresa May, and more recently, the alleged remarks he made after meeting President Buhari”, Akinsiju said.
“It is indeed not the first time President Trump would be heard to lower the standards of respect for his colleagues on the world stage.
“We are not surprised; we know that this age-long character of the US President would not change anytime soon. But it is important that we put it on record, that President Buhari remains fit and sprightly, even for the next decade.”