Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not elected into office to function as “Friday President”.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said that Buhari now acts more like a ceremonial and part-time President.
The governor, in the statement, accused Buhari of appearing in the public only while attending Friday Jumat service at the Presidential Villa.
According to him, it was necessary for Nigerians to be properly informed about the well-being of their president.
The governor further accused some close allies of the President of deliberately shielding him and preventing him from attending to his health so as to continue to run the government on the basis of “Mr President has directed” even when the President did not direct anything.
“That’s why Nigerians are told every day that the President said this and that with the President neither speaking directly nor attending any official function.
“This is not good for the image of a country like Nigeria that is struggling to get out of economic recession,” the governor said.
“the President Buhari should rather be allowed to take proper care of his health while the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo acts constitutionally as the president.
“However, it is doubtful if those cabals that are obviously running their own Presidency within President Buhari’s Presidency will allow him to take a long vacation, probably outside Nigeria to take care of himself.
“It is only when the President is seen and heard physically that Nigerians will believe that they are not being ruled by a part-time and ceremonial president, whose powers are being exercised on his behalf by some cabal,” he said.