Cabal takes over Nigeria as Buhari's health deteriorates, Tambuwal alleges
From Juliet Odey, Abuja
The failure of president Muhammadu Buhari to come back to the country after the expiration of his ten day vacation has led to a flurry of speculations with governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State leading the pack, saying that Nigeria is currently being superintended by a cabal close to the president, as the president relapsed back into illness.
Tambuwal who made the statement while addressing thousands of youths and students who stormed his office on Wednesday said “he believed that president Buhari’s failure to come back to Nigeria was due to his deteriorating health.”
He added that he has been under tremendous pressure to join the 2019 presidential race adding that: “We supported Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 to become president unconditionally and we admit that Buhari has integrity but that’s not the only requirement for leadership.
“We are aware that the President is affected by serious challenges of health and is being held captive by a cabal that runs Nigeria for their personal interests.”
Buhari’s health travails started in 2017, when he faced a major medical challenge that saw him admitted in a London hospital for months.
He left the country on January 19, 2017, on what the Presidency described as a medical vacation.
When the trip was prolonged, presidential aides announced that the President would be staying back in the British capital to enable him to collect results of some medical tests he did.
He returned to the country on March 10, 2017, after a 49-day medical sojourn, saying he had never been that sick in his life.
He then gave an indication that he would return to London for further checkup.
After missing public events, including three consecutive weekly Federal Executive Council meetings which raised anxiety in the country, Buhari on May 7, 2017, returned to London for medical consultations.