Reps Clash Over Buhari’s Health Status

John Ameh, Abuja

Members of the House of Representatives exchanged words on Tuesday over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawmakers
quarrelled over the use of the word “sickness” in referring to Buhari
or explaining his reason for being away from the country to the United
Kingdom since January 19.

The disagreement was more pronounced among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the President’s party.

While some members said Buhari was sick and was away to treat himself, others claimed that he was on “medical vacation.”

It
was the House Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who started the
argument when he tried to stop the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa,
from describing the President as a sick man.

Both Gbajabiamila, who is from Lagos State, and Ado-Doguwa, who is from Kano State, are members of the APC.

Ado-Doguwa
was contributing and opposing a motion seeking to investigate the
alleged harassment of members of ‘Kwankwasia’ followers, a political
group loyal to former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

He
had stated that the motion, which was moved by a fellow Kano lawmaker,
Mr. Aliyu Madaki, was “basesless” because the Kwankwasia group was known
for moving around the state and inciting people against the political
leadership.

Ado-Doguwa observed that the country was already
under tension owing to the absence of Buhari and could not afford any
“partisan” activities that could lead to insecurity.

He added that the group was already campaigning for the 2019 presidential elections in a volatile place like Kano.
“Our beloved President is sick abroad.

“These
partisan activities are completely unnecessary and baseless. The police
must do their work of protecting lives and property anywhere in the
country.”

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