Buhari is victim of own transparency, says Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari

Information Minister Lai Mohammed on Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari had become a victim of his own transparency in relation to his current vacation abroad.

The Minister said this while addressing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on the eagerness of Nigerians to know Buhari’s health status.

According to him, the President is hale and hearty and absolutely in no danger.

“I can say it without any equivocation, Mr President is well, he is hale and he is hearty; no question about that.

“I want to assure you, Mr President is well and he is in absolutely no danger.

“Mr. President, like I said elsewhere, is probably a victim of his own transparency.

“He was going on leave, he did what the constitution said he should do, transmitted it to the National Assembly and Acting President was put in place.

“And he said `while I am on leave, I am going to conduct some medical tests’ which many, or all of us do without announcing it.’’

Mohammed said it was surprising that in less than six hours after Mr. Buhari got to London, he was pronounced dead by some people.

He noted with regret that even those who saw the president climb the Aircraft in Abuja claimed that he was flown by an ambulance.

The minister recalled that the Acting President had spoken with Buhari on a daily basis and had re assured Nigerians about his talking with Buhari.

“I can assure you that the President is well he is hale and hearty and there is absolutely no cause for concern,’’ Mr. Mohammed declared.

Reacting to insinuations that the Ministry of Information ought to be releasing hourly bulletins on the President’s health condition, Mohammed said there was no need for that.

“Mr President is not ill, he is not in hospital and there is no reason to give anybody any bulletin about his health, pure and simple,’’ he said.

The minister noted that all organs of government were working with the Ministers carrying out their normal duties across the country noting that there was no cause for alarm.



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  • John A

    When will this man stop lying?
    The president is hale and hearty, he president needs to do more medical test, the president is not in a hospital, he is not in danger, he needs prayer. What are these people saying, medical test in a hotel or hospital?

    • AryLoyds

      Only When he is dead , that when he will stop !



  • Otile

    This is unbelievable, instead of asking us to fast and pray hard for Imam Lie Mohammed is telling us that Imam is hale and hearty therefore needs nobody’s prayers. By now Pastor Osibande would have mobilized serious votive prayer sessions for Imam. Does he not care or is he waiting in the wing for Imam to fall so that he will inherit Nigeria? This doesn’t look good.

  • Ukpaka

    you guys are sick!. Why is it such a problem for somebody to go on vacation or even go to the hospital?. When was the last time some of you had a physical done?. Find something worthwhile to keep you busy. The president being old does not mean he’s about to die. Some of our young people are losing their lives on the road everyday. Each of you can do something about this: stop excessive speeding, don’t be too much in a hurry, ensure your car is road-worthy and stop all that drinking. Buhari, dead or alive is not your problem.
    Nigeria will never get better with useless militants blowing up pipelines and causing environmental hazard to their people thinking they’re are hurting the president. A new generation of children from SS will have to deal with all forms of cancer for years to come just because a few thieves think they can stop the government from coming after them. Ignorance has no cure.

    • K-kay

      You sure have good orientation. Let’s not keep quiet until the war against the wicked and corrupt is won.

  • Tijani

    If he (Mr President) is a victim of his own course, then we have been raped on the same transparency course.
    The Country is in recession by transparency but millions of Naira are misappropriated
    Well, he that is hale & hearty needs no prayers for health but wisdom.

  • Mamman Bako

    The president has been anything but transparent. He has insisted in ruling Nigeria, a preoccupation he has not talent in, never succeeded in previous attempted and has no clear record of leadership. He has done this under various guise and facade of all sorts to cajole Nigerians to vote him into power. Lai should be more sensitive to Nigerians and stop this kind of communication.

  • Ayinde

    “…Victim of his own transparency…”
    Is Buhari truly transparent?
    Yes i ask this question because am yet to see his asset declaration despite pledging to release same.
    Also while at PTF his main man and anchor person died in a mysterious manner just because the then President requested for the details of how public funds were expended during his tenure .

    Transparency indeed .

    • Otile

      What other transparency are you looking for? Imam has shown his genuine WAEC printed in his Katsina school. He produced a padded budget last year, after much pressure he told us that it was indeed padded. His ministers are performing optimally which means that he is hale and hearty. Do you need to undress him to see for yourself that he is transparent?