More than three days after the rumour of the death of President Muhammadu Buhari – away in London for vacation and routine medical check up for 10 days – gained dangerous prominence across the world, those who should be eager to allay fears with incontrovertible evidence are telling us it is a private matter.
Our most senior spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained in the afternoon of Thursday, January 26, 2017, that it is the prerogative of his principal to address the issue with a video recording.
A president duly elected to run a country loses all his prerogative as soon as he takes the oath of office. He is answerable to all of us, hailers and wailers, at all times. Whether he likes it or not, convenient or when he’s desolate and in despair.
He is not doing us a favour by telling us that he is alive. It is our right to know.