An elder statesman and former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, says President Muhammadu Buhari cannot govern the country while on a medical trip in London.
Buhari had on Monday left Abuja for London for a routine medical checkup.
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Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Clark asked Buhari to disclose the nature of his “ailment” to Nigerians.
“We understand that files are taken to Mr. President abroad whenever he’s away for him to append his signature. This is spending money and other resources recklessly, not to talk about the cost of parking the presidential jet outside the country with the number of personnel and security details who accompany Mr. President on these trips.
“These are avoidable expenses. And must be stopped. Presently, the nation is so indebted that it’s feared that debt burden is left for future generations of Nigerians to bear.
“It’s a mere expression of arrogance of power for Mr. President to think that he can run Nigeria, a country with more than 200 million people, from far away London; something he has not done effectively even when he’s in the country.”
Clark also asked Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Bayelsa, Kogi, Kebbi, Rivers, Delta and other states ravaged by floods.