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Falana faults Buhari for concealing health status

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A senior lawyer and rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari, for not revealing his health status this time like he did in 2016.

Mr Femi Falana
Mr Femi Falana

Speaking on Channels TV, he stated that Nigerians need to know the state of their President’s health, even if the law does not mandate him to disclose it.

Falana said: “Under the Freedom of Information Act, the right to health is supposed to be shrouded in secrecy but I am saying now that henceforth, this situation calls for a review of the law so that we won’t be left guessing next time.

“We are talking of the President. Many state governors go in and out of the country, some for a month or two, some for three months without anybody asking any question and without any handover to their deputies.

“But I am saying that with what we are going through now, we must come to appreciate that if you are going into public office, you have no secrecy.”

He also wondered what has changed from last year, when the Presidency were specific about Buhari travelling to treat an ear infection.

“It is our duty and right and the President took cognizance of that last year when he disclosed to Nigerians what he was going abroad for. This year should not be an exception.

“This is what has given room to a lot of rumours and speculation which are totally uncalled for,” he said.

Buhari who was initially expected to be away for 10 days on Sunday sent a letter to the National Assembly, asking for an indefinite extension of his vacation.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has also refused to comment on his health status.

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