BY ARCHIBONG EYO, ABUJA – Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel says Nigerians cannot continue on the ignoble path of denigrating one another, especially leaders and elder statesmen, in the name of partisan politics.
According to him, there is an urgent need for circumspection and attitudinal change across board if the country must grow and effectively address its mounting socio-economic and political challenges.
Governor Emmanuel spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he had a closed door meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, barely 48 hours after being among the team of six governors that visited convalescing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the Friday meeting, he said the idea of thinking that political leaders, like the President and governors, are super humans and infallible does not help matters, noting that this has continued to impede efforts at making political progress and achieving the much-desired sustainable growth and development.
“Let me also say, some of us behave as if the President and the governors are super humans. We are normal human beings, we also have challenges. So let us not think that because we are governors or President, we are superhuman.
“We are not God; we are mere mortals like any of us here. So, that should also make us play down on the way we look at certain issues”, the Governor cautioned.
On their interaction with recuperating President Buhari in London, Governor Udom said his current health status clearly indicated that God has answered the prayers of Nigerians over Mr President.
Calling on all Nigerians to appreciate God for the life of Mr President, the Akwa Ibom governor said; “Let me thank God for the life of the President and thank God for Nigerians too. I also appreciate Nigerians who have prayed sincerely and earnestly for Mr. President and I think God has actual answered the prayers of Nigerians.
“From what you could see from the photographs, you could see that God has actually answered our prayers, so some of us were quite excited to see Mr. President.”
Governor Udom said the President, who was quite happy to receive the delegation, heartily welcomed and discussed with them, adding; “What you are seeing both on television and newspapers are genuine and correct. God has actually healed our President and we are thankful to God for that.”
While refusing being dragged into the politics of Mr President’s possible return date, Governor Udom stated that the focus should be on the fact that God has healed Buhari, instead of agitations on the day he will return to the country.
“I am not a medical doctor. Let me say something here, even when you have a biological father, you love your father; you take interest in his well being.
“I mean, as a father to the nation, in my personal opinion, I don’t think that is the issue now. The issue is that we should thank God that God has answered our prayers, that is where I am coming from.”
President Buhari has been on medical vacation in London, the United Kingdom since May 7, 2017 convalescing from an undisclosed ailment.