The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, on Tuesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari to stop deceiving Nigerians with phone calls regarding his health.
Buhari, who is currently on medical vacation in London, has been communicating with some high profile personalities, the last being with the former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon(rtd).
In a statement by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, CNPP, the group said rather than deceive Nigerians with phone calls, the “Federal Government should face governance issues that would alleviate the suffering of the masses.”
CNPP noted that the continued “media hype of Mr. President’s calls to different individuals were unnecessary” since he transmitted power to Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who should not be “distracted at this trying times.”
The statement reads, “We see the continued media hype of President Buhari’s phone calls and possible photoshopped pictures of individual visits to his London hospital as a distraction.
“Why is Mr. President always calling from his sick bed to individuals at a time he should be resting to get well quick and return home?
“If he can be talking to individuals, what is difficult about talking to the nation in a live broadcast, where some citizens can call in and get his response?.
“The Presidency should stop deceiving Nigerians and know that governance must not be based on lies and propaganda.
“At a time the average Nigerian does not know where the next meal will come from, we see the presidency toiling with people’s emotions rather than face governance issues to reduce the current suffering in the country.
“Enough of phone calls from President Buhari. It is time for the ruling party to deliver on its campaign promises and make life better for the citizens of Nigeria.”