Group files suit against Buhari over ill health

Worried over Nigeria’s President’s failing health, a  human rights group, Center for Good Governance on Wednesday instituted suit before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos against the President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and 37 others over his alleged ‘failing health status.’

The group also claimed that President Buhari is not in good state of health and his state of health has been an impediment to his ability to adequately perform his function as the president.

The plaintiff in the suit no FHC/C/CS/95/19 is praying the court for an order of mandamus, compelling the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or in his absence the 2nd defendant (Vice President) to convey a Federal Executive Council (FEC). Meeting for the purpose of taking a vote on a resolution on the capacity of the president to discharge the functions of the office of the President based on his failing health status.

Aside President and Vice President of Nigeria being the 1st and 2nd defendants in the suit other defendants are all the ministers in his cabinet as 3rd to 38 defendants in the suit respectively.

The plaintiff in their 17 paragraphs affidavit in support of their originating summons sworn to by one Eno Williams stated that the organisation is concerned with good governance of the country and the socio-political well being of Nigerian citizenry.

They averred that the president has been considered and confirmed very sick on several occasions.

“The 1st defendant, President Muhammadu Buhari has been seen in the media losing his memory, stuttering and exhibiting various behavioural pattern considered to be symptoms of dementia.

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“That President Buhari is believed to have lost his motor cognitive coordination, which hampered his thought processing and capacity to perform his official duties within and outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The plaintiff also said that President Buhari is not in a good state of health and his state of health has been an impediment to his ability to adequately perform his function as the president.

The group, therefore backed up its claims, stating that sometimes in 2017, Buhari spent 103 days in London receiving treatment for his ill health leaving the country in the hands of Prof Yemi Osinbajo as acting president.

“On January 16, 2019, in Kogi State, President Buhari slumped while at the campaign rally. On a campaign visit to Delta State on January 17, 2019, President Buhari was seen to be hallucinating by calling one Great Ogboru, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta the Presidential Candidate for All Progressive Congress (APC) and even after being corrected that Great Ogboru is the gubernatorial candidate still went ahead to call him the senatorial candidate.

“The 1st defendant, President Buhari in Kano State on January 18, 2019, also slumped while at the campaign rally. There is a concern as to whether President Buhari will be able to adequately perform his function as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria due to his failing health.”

The suit has however not been assign to a judge and no date has been fixed for the earing.

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