The Oluwo of Iwo kingdom, Osun State, AbdulRasheed Akanbi, on Thursday, condemned the protesters demanding the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who is still in London for medical treatment to either return to work or resign his position
According to Premium Times, the monarch described the protesters as idle individuals who do not wish well for the country.
The monarch said: “Why will they not know that what the President needs at this time are prayers and support?”
“What has the president done wrong? Is he not a human being like the rest of us? How is being sick an offence for which a man must be disparaged and punished.”
“If these protesters mean well for this country, they should hit the streets to protest against those who have looted or still looting our resources. They should protest against cultism and pressure government to outlaw secret societies.If they do that, I will take them seriously.”
He noted that presidents across the world in the past had been sick and that president Buhari is not the first president to be sick while in office.
“Buhari is not the first president to become sick while in office. Former American President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, while in office, suffered not only a heart attack in 1955, but had an abdominal operation in 1956 and a stroke in 1957. Woodrow Wilson, who governed America from 1913 to 1921 and saw the country through World War I, had a near-fatal stroke while in office. Wilson collapsed in Colorado in 1919, and upon returning to Washington D.C., suffered a stroke.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt had polio and was on wheelchair at the time of his presidency. He died three months into his fourth term, in April 1945.
“In all of these cases, Americans did not ridicule their ailing presidents. They supported and prayed for them.”
Oba Akanbi said he would lead the people in his state to hold a special prayer at his palace on August 24 at 10am for the president, and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, noting that prayer is necessary at this time in Nigeria to seek God’s help for the quick recovery of the President, and for the good governance of both Nigeria and Osun State.
He added that national leaders and traditional rulers would also be prayed for.
The monarch said buses would be provided to convey interested individuals from all parts of the state to the palace for the prayer.