Ignore Praying For Buhari's Recovery – Emmanuel Ugwu

Since President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria on a 'medical

vacation ' one month ago, politicians , monarchs and religious leaders

have been entreating Nigerians to pray for his quick recovery and safe


The Buhari administration has also been using the solicitation of

prayers for President Buhari as a tactic to evade citizens' demand for

enlightening information on his state of health. Officialdom tells

Nigerians that the Nigerian people need not know the particulars of

the president's illness. All they need to know is that he could use 'a

lot of prayers '.

Nigerians who believe in the efficacy of prayers would be wise to

ignore the government's prayer solicitation campaign. The people

should not be solicitous of a sick Buhari who is not inclined to

requite the love of Nigerians. He does not deserve the empathy of

Nigerians when he has evinced no concern about the health of the


During his fourth campaign for president, Buhari promised to cause a

significant reduction in medical tourism by improving the quality of

the healthcare infrastructure of Nigeria. He has shown no commitment

towards fulfilling that promise. Instead, he has become a proud

promoter of medical migration.

Last year June, Buhari took a 10 day vacation and spent ' only 20 million

naira' to treat an ear infection in London.

Right now, he is in the same city, racking up medical bills, charging

it to the account of Nigerian taxpayers …and asking them to pray for

his recovery from a nameless illness!

No Nigerian ought to spend the minutest part of their time praying for

Buhari's mending. The Nigerian people should be discussing how to heal

Nigeria of the plague that is 'leaders' like Buhari.

Ours is a hyper-religious country. The ever-increasing mushrooming of

mosques, churches and shrines on our landscape is proof positive of


Christianity and Islam, which majority of the theistic population of

Nigerians profess, enjoin followers of both Abrahamic faiths to pray

for their secular leaders.

But Nigerians must refuse to be guilted into praying for their sick

'leaders'. Nigerians are free of the ''pray for your leaders'' command

in the holy books because those who manage Nigeria fall short of any

serious definition of the word, 'leader'.

The rulers of Nigeria are the reason Nigeria is suffering third rate

power infrastructure, dilapidated public schools and decrepit health

institutions. They are the curse behind Nigeria's degenerative

underdevelopment. They are the very sickness of the body politic.

Nigeria is sick of selfish 'leaders' that care about only their own

health. Nigeria is sick of 'leaders' who can't fix Nigerian hospitals

because they are permanently charmed by the exoticism of foreign

hospitals. Nigeria is sick of 'leaders' who would rather fly abroad

every time they fall sick than develop Nigerian hospitals so they can

be treated on home soil.

Nigeria 'leaders' parasitize the medical civilization of advanced

countries but are too selfish, senseless and slothful to apply

themselves to the task of domesticating the excellence they witness in

whiteman's land.

The hospitals Nigerian 'leaders' highball out of our country to taste

are the tangible achievements of foreign leaders. Nigerian leaders are

not ashamed they lack the motivation to duplicate such legacies in

their homeland.

When Buhari was walking to board the presidential plane to London, a

journalist asked the president why he was going on this second medical

journey abroad. He retorted: ' What's wrong with going on vacation?

Didn't I go last year at the same time?'

Obviously, Buhari thought it was a foolish question. He missed the

import of the enquiry. The hard-nosed reporter collapsed a lamentation

into a query.

The newsman actually told Buhari this: This is 2017: 103 years after

the founding of Nigeria and 57 years after her independence. Yet, the

president of Nigeria strips naked before the medical technology of

Britain, Nigeria's former colonial master, because Nigerian hospitals

are good for nothing!

Something is wrong with Buhari going on medical vacation abroad. Last

time he returned from vacation, he did not start to overhaul Nigerian

hospitals with a vengeance. He only readied himself… for the next

offshore vacation!

The foreign trips of Nigerian 'leaders' never benefits the Nigerian

people. The so-called leaders do not permit themselves to be permeated

and inspired by the philosophy of development that is at the heart of

governance in the developed world. They are poor hostages of

self-defeatism. They are racists who believe they are incapable of

building world-class facilities in their native country.

Buhari's wife, Aisha, returned from Saudi Arabia the other day. On her

arrival at the airport in Abuja, she thanked 'all Nigerians for their

goodwill and support for my husband' and implored them not 'to relent

in prayers'. A few days ago, Buhari himself tweeted a message of

appreciation to 'Christians and Muslims alike, for their prayers and

kind wishes for my health'.

Nigerians must not be deceived. Our very religious president is no

believer in faith healing. In spite of his dissembling, he won't trade

one checkup session in a London hospital for the intercession of 175

million Nigerian prayer warriors. He is a believer in cutting-edge


If he believed in faith healing, he would have stayed back in the

Villa and surrendered to our 'prayer treatment'. He would not have

traveled halfway around the world to enter the refuge of the

healthcare system of the United Kingdom. He wouldn't have been

'receiving' our ''prayers and kind wishes'' from a distance!

There is a hospital in Asokoro area of Abuja called the State House

Medical Centre. That facility is meant to serve the families of the

President, the Vice President and other senior government officials.

Buhari abandoned that hospital and fled to London to take care of

himself. It's from the comfort of that faraway hideaway that Buhari

has been soliciting prayers from wretched Nigerians who have nowhere

to go when they fall sick.

Last year, Buhari voted for more money for capital projects in the

State House clinic than he proposed to spend on 16 teaching hospitals

owned by the federal government. In spite of this lopsided

distribution, he would not subject himself to this best funded federal

government owned health facility in Nigeria. He won't participate in

the healthcare system he presides over.

A budget of 3.87 billion naira was approved for the State House Clinic

in 2016. Yet, The PUNCH would later report that the State House Clinic

lacked basic equipment and even 'ordinary malaria drugs'. The

presidential hospital was a hollow edifice. An empty, boasting name.

Now, that's the picture of the state of the most important hospital in

Nigeria. The condition of less known public hospitals is more

appalling by a long way. And it is those substandard hospitals that

majority of Nigerians are condemned to relate with.

Buhari's elastic stay in London has forced the analogizing of his

condition to that of the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua . Buhari's

protracted vacation is solidifying doubts about his fitness for

office. Given that each vacation day abroad is eroding his support

base, it would have served him well to return quickly to Nigeria to

juggle recuperation and work.

But he cannot. He so dreads the unknown that may befall him if he

rushed home ahead of a clean bill of health that he is now trying to

make the best optics out of his medical hibernation.

He makes out time for photo ops . He holds court every day . He

receives visitors on homage. He even talked foreign policy on the

telephone with President Trump though there was an acting president in


London has become the new Mecca because of his 'indefinite medical

vacation '. Nigerian officials are traveling on 'solidarity

vacations', at public expense. They are going to show their loyalty to

the president.

This farce is not worthy of Nigeria. Nigerians must begin to demand

that Nigerian public office holders be prohibited from seeking medical

treatment abroad during their incumbency. The so-called leaders of

Nigerians should not have the liberty to excuse themselves from the

rot they helped perpetuate.

If it was unlawful for Nigerian 'leaders' to check into foreign

hospitals, on our dime, they would be constrained to pursue the

upgrading of Nigerian health facilities as a matter of self interest.

They would know that they have to raise our hospitals to international

standards or they would be liable to be trapped by the consequences of

their own neglect.

The ban will stop the elitist escapism. It will end the detachment of

Nigerian 'leaders' from Nigerian health institutions. It will compel

them to address our broken healthcare system because they are

partakers in our common vulnerability.

Right now, it is the lot of Nigerian 'leaders' to enjoy world-class

health facilities abroad and it is the destiny of Nigerian taxpayers

to pay for the elopement of the jet-set 'leaders'!

Every day, countless Nigerians die of diseases can that be easily

cured or managed. They die because Nigerian hospitals are too poorly

equipped and they can't afford overseas medical treatment. They die

because their panacea is holy water, roots and herbs.

President Buhari mocks humanity when he tells Nigerians who are sicker

and infinitely poorer than him to forget about their precarious

condition and concentrate on praying for his own healing!

You can reach Emmanuel at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter

@EmmaUgwuTheMan .

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