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‘People wishing President Buhari dead are real enemies of Nigeria,’ Bello says

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on February 18, 2016.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has said that those wishing death on President Muhammadu Buhari are the real enemies of Nigeria.

Bello made the comment over the weekend while speaking at the Apapo Omo Yagba Congress held in Isanlu.
“The emergence of President Buhari at this critical period of our nation’s economy is a big blessing. The President has confronted the recession in the nation with all the deserved seriousness to lift her off the woods,” Bello said through his Director General on Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo.
“Every leader is installed by the Almighty Allah to help humanity and advance the wishes of God over the people. The Holy Books urged us to pray for our leaders. The injunction is for our benefit because when leaders act right, the people will reap the fruits.
“Wishing a person dead because of political, ethnic or religious difference is a sin and I will urge all those who wish the president dead to seek for forgiveness from God.
“All of us must face the current realities. The president has come out to say he is hearing the voices of the people. We have a president who will stake everything to bring us back to reckoning. The grandiose corruption of the past is the reason we are suffering today. But the president is not complaining but taking the right steps to help our nation.
“I have a supreme confidence that under our anti-corrupt president, Nigeria shall rise again. Corrupt people are uncomfortable with the President we have but the people of Nigeria, who understand the root of our current economic travails, are supportive of our President in his drive to salvage our nation,” he added.
Rumours of President Buhari’s supposed death started spreading after he left the country on January 19 for a 10-day medical vacation.
The president’s silence during his vacation has given rise to fears that he is in worse condition than the presidency wants to reveal.
The government has also been forced on numerous occasions to dismiss rumours that the president had died.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you wake up in the morning and you say the president of the country is dead. I will not join that kind of debate at all,” Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said on January 25.
Concerns about Buhari’s health status were heightened when he wrote the Senate, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, to extend his vacation indefinitely.
“President Buhari has extended his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” a statement by Adesina read.
However, various government officials have assured Nigerians that the president is hale and hearty.
“The President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a very long conversation,” Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday, February 6.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki also revealed that he spoke to Buhari on Wednesday, February 8, adding that the president was in good spirits.
Meanwhile, the letter sent by Buhari to the Senate to extend his leave shows that the president will not return to Nigeria till “the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.”

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