I’m not sick — Buhari

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday denied rumours of his ill-health, saying they were unfounded and that he was physically and mentally fit.

Mr. Buhari made the comments as he returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he spent about two weeks.

The former military ruler who arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport at about 5.40 a.m., aboard a British Airways flight, was received by a large crowd which included journalists who had laid wait since 4 a.m.

He told the crowd that he merely took some time off to rest, ahead of the March 28 polls.

 “I just went off for a couple of weeks to rest. That’s all I did,’’ he said.

When prodded by newsmen on whether he visited any hospital while in the UK, Buhari said: “what is wrong for me to go the hospital?”

“Am I not here now? Aren’t you seeing me? Are you seeing a sick man?

“I went to Chatham House. I read an address and there was a question and answer session, that’s all.”

Mr. Buhari’s trip to the U.K. had been a major subject of controversy as some supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, his main challenger in the March 28 presidential election, accused him of embarking on a secret medical trip abroad.

The president’s supporters have said Mr. Buhari, 72, is medically unfit to be elected president.

While Mr. Buhari was away in London, some chieftains of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, notably Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, insisted that he was on a medical trip, a claim members of Mr. Buhari’s party, APC, repeatedly refuted.

Mr. Buhari had undertaken the London trip after leading the APC presidential campaign train to almost all the 36 states in readiness for the election which had earlier been scheduled for February 14, before being postponed to March 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Despite the allegations of poor health, Mr. Buhari, while in London, delivered a lecture at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, explaining why he is seeking to return to power.

He had earlier met with a former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Mr. Buhari’s participation in the March 28 presidential election will be his fourth having contested unsuccessfully for the position in 2003, 2007, and 2011.

(NAN)


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  • Godfrey Etokebe

    PROVE TO THE WORLD!! JOIN THE PRESIDENTIAL JOGGING TRIP by tomorrow and Complete the race!!!!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Godfrey, it’s GMB’s brains and integrity we need to turn Nigeria around for the better, not his legs or stamina!

      If youthfulness was the most essential criteria to lead this country properly, we wouldn’t be lamenting our sorry state with GEJ.

      • GideonOrkarII

        You cannot divorce physical well being from ability to rule. Buhari is a sick man. Yar Adua II

        • Sophia Ukpere

          I feel sorry for you, I pray you Don’t end up like the Benue Commisioner! GOD alone gives life and takes life. You have no right whatsoever to wish someone dead!

          • GideonOrkarII

            Were you dropped on your head as a child?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          But you can separate mental ability from the ability to rule, abi? Jonothing is a perpetually inebriated pretender to the throne.

          The first of ITS (not ‘his’) kind!

          • GideonOrkarII

            Bro forget that thing Jonathan is the closest thing to a real democratic president in Nigeria. We need strong institutions and then other things can follow. With OB j we had a a leader that ws strong but very weak institutions and hence why we are worse off.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, please don’t make me laugh.

            Are you referring to the same President who promised to fight corruption with technology but is running around the courts by proxy to stop INEC from using technology to prevent electoral fraud and malpractices?

            Listen, some of us are above those kindergarten-level demagoguery that Aso Rock peddles.

            Jonothing is not interested in building any institution that does not enable him and his thieving gang to steal, chop and clean mouth.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay please stop peddling falsehoods to Nigerians
            GEJ never prevented INEC from using card readers or any form of technology. You know it so why do you put out these lies.
            It was INEC that decided to postpone the elections because they were truly not ready. Important material including PVCs and other gadgets had not reached the intended users that is why this election was postponed.
            We must not say things that we know are false just so that we can score cheep points
            Let the elections hold and let us see who wins.
            What I know is that elections are not won through the social media but through campaigns – mobilizing grass roots support. GMB could not have been mobilizing grass root support from British voters remember.
            Our prayer is that once this election is over and the General is soundly defeated like he was the last time that he does not incite violence. We do not want the Baboon and the monkey socked in blood.
            Our prayer is that he goes home and cries like he did after the last election.
            Tinubu and his gang have led this man to the slaughter house
            By any chance did Buhari come back from London with his certificate?
            Patience has shown her own ooh
            She obtained a first school leaving certificate from central school Okrika
            GCE o’level credits in the following subjects Mathmatics English Home Economics Biology Christian Religious Knowledge and commerce
            Primary nursing certificate from the nursing board- qualified as a nursing aid after 2 years of hands on hospital attachment
            Secondary Nusing qualification as a full nurse – old rivers state Nursing board- obtained after 3 years of further work and study
            Registered Nurse after 4 additional years of practical nursing work
            RSA certificate in seceterial studies – typing and short hand major- qualified
            These qualifications have been verified.
            Though a lot of people have refered to this woman as an illetrate it seems she has clear evidence of formal education and training. She also has qualifications that any one can see
            What about our General
            We are still requesting that he provide us his true o level certificate
            One wonders in the eyes of the law who is actually qualified to contest for the presidency
            Patience or GMB.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, you are being disingenuous by introducing all these extraneous matters and red herrings in order to change the thrust of this strand of debate.

            How did you get to the postponement? Who is talking about Madam Piss?

            We were discussing corruption and how Jonothing has been claiming he is “digital” but is vociferously attacking the use of Card Readers by INEC.

            Come back to the topic and state your side of the matter.

            I don’t give a damn about Madam Piss. For all I care, she can get all the degrees from Port Harcourt or Otuoke, that is her own headache, not mine. She is not our President.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay remember that you are a lawyer ooh.
            Hear say is not admissible in court .
            The smile reason this election was postponed was because INEC was not ready. Period.
            You can not deliberately disenfranchise over 25 million Registered votes and say we were going to have credible elections.
            Thank God Jega said the truth when he went to the National Assembly. For the first time Nigerians were told the truth that indeed INEC was not ready and still required time to distribute PVCs train staff on the use of card readers and show how the collation process under the new system would work
            Kay INEC needed time. GEJ had nothing to do with it.
            The entire Nigeria needs credible elections we do not want a biased approach in the distribution of PVCs
            Polling booths- like Jega has tried to do- establish- polling points that has not been approved by the national assembly or the deployment not INEC officials who have not been adequately trained in the use of these card readers as acknowledged by Jega.
            Kay let us not even go to this corruption issue. I think we all accept that the APC is just playing lip service to this issue of corruption. All the key leaders of the party are currently facing corruption cases.
            It is therfore only used as a tool for political gain and you know it.
            Let us state the facts as they are.
            I only raised the issue of the First Lady to show how despicable people are . They are prepared to look the other way when it is their man and to crucify the other person who is not in their camp.
            On the issue of stealing can you give me 4 clear examples of where GEJ has stolen money and I would give you 10 examples on people like Tinubu , Bokola saraki , el rufia , Amechi Buhari etc
            People in glass houses should never throw stones
            Let this election hold card reader on Not Buhari would loose.
            He himself knows it.
            I only pray that the baboon and dog or is it monkey is not socked in blood.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, who told you I am a lawyer?

            How come you also know Prof. Jega’s mind better than the man himself?

            He clearly stated that the elections had to be postponed because the military chiefs stated they were starting a 6-week offensive against bh and they could not guarantee security in that time.

            Do the military Chief no longer get their instructions and priorities from the C in C i.e. The President?

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay he stated that the elections were postponed because the military Chiefs stated they were starting a 6 week offensive against BH and could not guarantee security in that time.
            kay can you answer this simple question
            Was INEC ready to conduct elections when over 25 million Nigerians were yet to receive their PVCs less than 10 days to the elections?
            In Lagos state PVCS penetration had only gotten to 34 percent of registered voters.
            Was INEC truly ready?
            Had INEC trained all their operational staff in the use of the the new card reading devices when up to 35 percent of the card readers had not even arrived the country 10 days to the election? even Jega
            confirmed that INEC required more time to train and prepare for the elections. In his own words the postponement would allow INEC to better prepare for the elections.
            Do you not see that Jegas use of security as a means of covering his unpreparedness was disingenuous.
            Just like his Fulani brother did when it was clear he was going to face possible prosecution- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi- immediately stated that 48 billion USD disappeared from NNPC and got the entire country in a panic . GEJ was branded a thief crucified in the court of public openion. It was not until a proper forensic audit was undertaken by a reputable accounting firm did we discover that Sanusi had conducted the biggest confidence trick in Nigerian History. He did not even mind destroying his country’s image as long as he escaped from the possible corruption charges he was to face. Today he is Emir having convienently wangled himself into a position that gives him quasi immunity.
            That behavior most Nigerians have come to understand now is a typical Fulani trate. Create a problem an point the figure at others. Never accept responsibility keep pushing the blame to others. You can see the same behavior pattern with Buhari. BlAme the Military for not producing his certificate when it is clear to any sane person that it his own responsibility.
            My brother let us call a spade a spade – INEC was not ready for the election that was the sole reason the election was postponed
            I also think INEC must do everything humanly possible to ensure that the card readers are tested before deployment so that problems are solved from the onset.
            Key let us go to the polls then and may the best man win
            Sorry for thinking you are a lawyer the Esq you fixed to your name must have got me thinking so.
            I stand corrected.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Esquire does not mean a lawyer and I am surprised that I find myself having to explain this to yet another educated Nigerian (no insult intended).

            Having stated that, I have a very short rejoinder to what you wrote, ie. I gave up reading halfway because I was amazed at reading the mind of a classical, die hard Jonathanian.

            You guys are not just leaving in denial, but clearly are delusional. You need to respect facts, please.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay thanks for your short rejoinder. In my openion it is clear evidence that the facts stated are incontrovertible.
            Jega and his INEC were not ready.
            You can not be ready when you have not distributed over 25 million PVCs. Period.
            He can blame any body he wants but we are not fools. He should tell his security story to the marines as we say here in the United States.
            You say I am delusional. I say in a few days we would know which one of us has been delusional.
            Let’s have violence free election. That’s all we are asking for.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            “Let’s have violence free election. That’s all we are asking for.” – Charles Owolabi

            Many thanks for that.

            Same sentiments here.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay you never answered my question
            Did Buhari by any chance come back from London with a CTC of his Cambridge O’level result?
            Madam piss as you call her has actually shown her own credentials
            It is surprising to know that this lady who most people mock actually did better than GMB
            If she were from the North with the Nigerian quota system there is no doubt that she would have gone through ABU.
            Kay we would have been talking about a graduate maybe even a medical doctor not a nurse.
            Madam made 6 o’ level credits including English and Mathmatics in one sitting something GMB could not.
            For your information in English madam Piss made C5 and in Mathmatics she made a C4 what did Buhari get in Mathmatics again?
            What a world
            To see people in glass houses throwing stones

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, you are descending below the pedestal level where I placed you.

            Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events and great minds discuss ideas.

            Please choose carefully.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Kay Omoluabi I can understand your displeasure in my comperesion of the two individuals.
            For most people it is okey if Madam Piss is called an illeterate who has worms for brains.
            I have heard so many insults from APC members on this woman.
            It almost seems normal for this lady and her husband to be insulted.
            But Kay the good thing is that when facts or evidence is presented it becomes very difficult and at times discomforting for the individual who thought he occupied a high position.
            I was pleasantly surprised to see that this lady madam Piss is truly not the imbecile that people have made her out to be. But rather a woman who followed a clear path and actually archived.
            On the issue of great minds what I asked is weather Buhari came back with copies of his certificate
            This issue is still a subject of discussion since it forms a basis for GMD or any other person to contest for the presidency.
            Please note that my discussions with you have been issue based when you compere Buharis acclaimed corruption credentials with that of GEJ you are not talking about the person but their antecedents- it is therfore issue based.
            If you also discuss issues related to their educational qualifications that is a vital criteria for the determination of eligibility then it is not a discussion of the person but also an issue
            However maybe I should not have pointed out madam Piss’s performance.
            I know it would have made most people feel better carrying on with the false illusion that this lady is a stack illetrate

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, you have written an epistle that I have just read!

            What exactly am I meant to respond to in it?

          • Julius

            Ha, you do know that he said he didnt know the election will be postponed, he said he has nothing to do with it…He said this to the whole world. A president of a country did not know the election has been postponed. Either you are a liar or your president is a liar. Oya, your pick

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Have you read GideonOrkarII below?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Have you seen my response to GideonOrkarII?

    • Maria

      Can Jonathan and his brain dead wife jogg? Alcohol has damaged Jonathan’s liver. We learnt his wife suffering from ovarian cancer… Jonathan and his wife are living on borrowed time.

  • Daddy

    We the good people welcome Buhari back from his medical trip abroad.
    We wish him good health in the years ahead, as this question remains, viz:

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Buhari, you are not only sick in body and mind, but you are also infirm.

    • Funso

      ọmọ ale

  • Ricky

    GMB is looking very presidential and invigorated in those pictures. Let the haters hate for all we care.
    One thing is for sure, dumbo’s aut0psy must commence immediately after March 28.

  • Mosaku 147

    You can not help but like him while seeing sincerity personified by his simplicity.just take a closer look at the picture to see what am talking about. Welcome home my General.long may you live and reign!!!!

  • Otile

    This headline should read: “Minions Welcome Their Brain Dead Leader Back”.

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè.

    • Agbaje Tolani

      Eleri Ibu

      • Otile

        Asiwere

    • Bunduma Mohammed

      You and your clueless Jonathan would have no peace again because prison is where you belong. Nigerians for once are demanding accountabilty

    • Julius

      No the headline should read Jona: the dmbo nightmare has returned !!

      • Otile

        But who returned from a British hospital recently, is it not brain dead Imam Buhari?

  • Welcome Great Buhari, the Incorruptible President of Nigeria.
    Who is the brainless one? The one, Jonathan, who for 6 years didn’t tackle Boko Haram or the one, Buhari, who destroyed Maitatsine, tackled Corruption and will give no hiding place nor negotiation to Boko Haram? Obviously Jonathan is the brainless one.
    Sai Buhari, Fe Buhari, Love Buhari, March 28, Vote Buhari, DESTROYER of Maitatsine and Boko Haram and of all Corruption in government, as President of Nigeria.

  • segun

    WELCOME BACK THE PEOPLES GENERAL

  • korona melvin

    NOW THAT YOU HAVE RESTED AND YOU ARE BACK, CAN WE SEE YOUR ORIGINAL CERTIFCATE NOW? WHATEVER HE WENT TO THE UK TO DO WILL SOON BE REVEALED TO NIGERIANS. GMB IS A TYRANT AND HE IS ANTI DEMOCRATIC AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AN INCH CLOSE TO THE SEAT OF POWER. WE HAVE REFUSED HIM THREE TIMES ALREADY, COME MARCH 28, WE SHALL REFUSE HIM AGAIN. VOTE WISELY, VOTE GOODLUCK JONATHAN #GEJ4NAIJA

    • Bunduma Mohammed

      You would certainly not vote for him. Those of us who are tired of corrupt, inept, vision less, clueless, wicked, sectarian, tribalist, useless drunken fisherman have concluded he must return to where he belong_Otuoake and continue to fish and drink Ogogoro period. Like in Japan certificate is not suppose to open the gate. It should be the brain.

    • Julius

      Can we also see the dumbo Phd thesis ?. No children was kidnapped and held by the militants/terrorist when Buhari was the head of state. That alone disqualified Jona the dumbo for anpther 4 years. In a civilized country, he will be impeached,but, its ok, We as citizens will do the impeachment with our votes

    • munijola

      You be enemy of progress stay dey wait for certificate

  • Let Us Pray

    Buhari is national leader of antagonists of Nigeria. This man could not
    be trusted with the affairs of the country. Always scheming, deceiving,
    talking from both sides of his mouth. It’s obvious he is the greatest
    supporter of Boko Haram and a major sponsor. Is Nigeria presidency his
    birthright? Sai Buhari, you would never become the president of this
    country again. Nigerians are wiser and was the reason you failed in your
    comeback bid. You will fail again and again and again. No wonder Boko
    Haram couldn’t surface for amnesty.

    • Julius

      Thanks for the info for the 1000000th times. I and my friends and family are still going to vote for him. Jona is just too clueless for another 4 yrs.

      • Otile

        Don’t waste your vote on an old brain dead Imam.

        • Julius

          Oleku, deri, its ok you waste yours on a drunk and dumb mofo

    • munijola

      Don’t waste space here waka go

      • Let Us Pray

        Agents of destruction is AWUFF money disturbing you?

  • Let Us Pray

    In the run up to the 2011 general elections Buhari categorically said that Muslims should not vote for Christians and
    that Northerners should not vote for a Southerner

    • munijola

      Thank you AIT news caster

  • Let Us Pray

    Buhari jailed innocent journalists, including Tunde

    Thompson and Nduka Irabo. He abolished civil
    liberties, promulgated retroactive decrees enabling

    him to kill Nigerians through jungle justice,
    proscribed civil society organizations and
    professional groups and exercised “absolute”
    power.
    This same Buhari would now have us believe that
    he has gone through some metamorphosis and has
    become a democrat. Onyeoshi

    • munijola

      Are you dead or jail or where are coming from like goat wey rain beat and miss home those your grammar no be news again

      • Let Us Pray

        since you are blinded by your own wickedness and selfishness

        The clock is running out and there is nowhere left to hide