Orji Uzor Kalu
Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has urged Nigerians to desist from spreading messages of hate and division about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said his health had improved, when he visited him in London last week.
Kalu said it’s inhuman for some Nigerians to spread messages of falsehood about Buhari’s health.
Speaking with the media at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on his arrival, Kalu said Nigerians should rather pray for Mr. President to enable him recover fast and return to his duty.
He assured that he visited him in London to have firsthand knowledge of the state of health of president.
He said: “I went to Washington to visit some business partners and from there stopped at London to see Mr. President, who is recovering very fast. I am excited about the state of health of President Buhari despite the hate messages about him. I am disappointed with the statement coming from some Nigerians about the health of Mr. President.
“The messages some Nigerians have been spreading in the social media is unhealthy. I urge Nigerians to have a change of heart. A president is a human being and can also take ill like other human beings. So, normal human beings should show empathy when their leader is ill and wish him well instead.
“There must be good sense of tolerance among the ethnic groups, we are all one.”
He also declined assessing the duties and performance of the Acting President, saying such was of no use as he knows that the acting president does his work passionately.
He commended Lagos State government on the 50 years anniversary noting that other states should copy the template of governance where there is continuity of projects in the state.
Kalu said: “Since 1999, the governance of Lagos State has been the same. There is continuity of programmes and projects. The problem with other states is that their leadership needs exposure to replicate what is in Lagos. To achieve what Lagos State has done is to continue with the programmes of past governments in the states. I commend Governor AkinwumiAmbode for what he has done, his giant strides are remarkable.”
On the state of the nation, Kalu said Buhari has done well in the fight against insurgency and the war against corruption. But he noted the government should obey constitutional provisions as it affects the judicial arm of government.
He said: “The government has done well, but there is a lot of suffering in the land. The masses are suffering, going through economic problems. The administration has done well, but must obey the laws of the land, by respecting judicial processes.
“Government must pursue the hardware and software of democracy that include the rule of law and respect of the constitution.”
On the sit at home order by IPOB, Kalu said it is wrong for people to sit at home, because it will affect the economy of the South East. He said though the people have a right to agitate, but calls for enlightenment on the need to pursue a united country.
He said: “Most of people may not understand what the issues are, but, with time they will soon understand. There is strength in unity and God did not make a mistake by putting us in one country.”