A source, knowledgeable of happenings within the corridors of power, Aso Rock, has said there is a security report concerning the health of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential standard bearer.
The source told Daily Post that the 72 year-old former Head of State may not live more than a year or two if he assumes office as Nigeria’s President in 2015.
“Many people think the presidency or the PDP is trying to portray Buhari in a bad light or declare him unfit for the nation’s topmost job but the information I am giving you is authentic,” he assured.
Asked to provide specifics of the content of the security report to back up his claim, the source said: “A part of it goes thus: “Should Buhari win, he may not be able to complete a single four-year tenure due to his health condition as he continues to manage his health secretly.”
“Let me ask you these questions: Why do you think Tinubu was ready to risk a Muslim/Muslim ticket? Why do you think he presented himself at the eleventh hour when talks were on to pick Buhari’s running mate? When he failed in his quest, why do you think he picked his associate of 20 years?
“The truth is that Tinubu and his cohorts knows the demands of office will tell on Buhari and same will either kill him or weigh him down excessively,” the source added.
North not backing Buhari
The source further told Daily Post that powers that be in the North are not comfortable with the choice of Buhari.
“Look, many eminent personalities in the North are not supporting Buhari’s candidature because they also know this fact that I am saying,” he said.
“They are aware that Buhari may not see 2019, so they don’t want to gamble. We all know there exists a Northern cabal and these guys will rather wait for President Jonathan to complete his eight years and hand over to them. They want eight years too!
“So they have agreed not to throw their weight behind Buhari, who may not even see four years through. The North do not want a repetition of the Yar’adua saga; there are being very careful.
“This is because if anything happens to Buhari, power will return to the South; South-West for that matter and this may happen less than a decade after Baba Obasanjo left Aso Rock.
“Not just that, power will effectively be in the hands of the rogue called Bola Tinubu because Osinbajo is his confirmed stooge. Can you now see all these indices? Now, who in his or her right senses would believe that the North are backing Buhari. Certainly, not the North I know.”
The Obasanjo angle
Daily Post also gathered that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is in the know of the permutation being worked out by Tinubu.
“Some Nigerians are so gullible,” our source said. “What do you think Tinubu was going to do in Obasanjo’s house in Ota? To eat eba and vegetable soup,” he quipped rhetorically.
“He was part of the grand plan for Buhari to win APC presidential primary because they know he won’t last. He is on a mission, alongside the APC, to retain power in the South.
“They are planning to short-change the North again and the Arewa hierarchy have uncovered the plot. Like I said before, many prominent Northern leaders have taken a decision not to endorse the Buhari’s and an APC presidency because they also have access to the security report on his health.”
“Obasanjo is aware of the document; Tinubu too. So they know very well what they are doing.”
The APC South-East spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, has however dismissed the claim on Buhari’s health as false and a way to cause doubts about the APC presidential candidate.
He said: “it’s not up to a month that we (APC) held a rally at the Eagle Square. From there, we walked to Transcorp Hilton then to Police Headquarters and back to Eagle Square. While some of were panting, Gen. Buhari surprisingly did not. In fact, he walked faster than most of us.
“They are only trying to dig up what is non-existent; no record of their claim. The General has his doctor and anyone can contact him rather than speculate.
“Some of us have been with him since 2002 and we know he is healthy. They are bringing this up now because they know Buhari has 60 percent chance at the polls,” the spokesman said in veiled reference to the PDP.
Continuing, Okechukwu assured that “Again, Gen. Buhari is fit as a fiddle. Please disregard the news; it is deceptive and meant to douse his ever-growing profile.
“They are worried he has been accepted nationwide and even President Goodluck Jonathan, who is Buhari’s de facto campaign manager, cannot match his popularity and wide acceptance.”