The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election, Major General Muhammed Buhari, on Tuesday, failed to attend the presidential rally organised by APC Diaspora Community in the United Kingdom.
There had been rumour making the rounds over Buhari’s ill health in last few weeks, which the party kept denying.
A scheduled visit to the United States (US) was cancelled by the party earlier in February after it leaked, with the attendant anxiety following reports that Buhari’s planned visit to the country was for medical reasons.
However, a US-based Nigerian journalist and sickle cell advocate, Pamela Mojekwu has alleged that contrary to claims that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) is fine, he “obviously has testicular cancer”.
According to Mojekwu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Sickle Cell United Chicago, Illinois, USA, “Buhari obviously has testicular cancer and is in UK receiving treatment.
“Why are his followers being ever so secretive and abusive to others about it?
“He will not be the first nor will he be the last to get cancer of the balls.
“I hate to say, it is quite normal but I will not.”, she remarked.
Responding to one of those who reacted to her Facebook post, Pamela Mojekwu, a celebrity keep-fit expert in Nigeria before relocating to the USA, wrote: “My issue with this whole thing is not that he has cancer but that his followers are hiding it and are so quick to hurl insults at people who ask.
“Cancer is not the issue.”
Apprehension over the 73 year-old former dictator’s health heightened after the Presidential candidate of the APC failed to attend the presidential rally organised by APC Diaspora Community in the United Kingdom.
Buhari who was said to had arrived in London last Thursday was scheduled to meet with the Nigerian community and APC supporters in UK as well as to give a talk later in the week at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of Public Affairs.
However, APC supporters across the UK who converged at the Everlasting Arms Ministries Church in East London for the presidential rally, were disappointed when the party flag bearer did not turn up.
Although no reason was given for his absence, the party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, debunked rumours that Buhari was ill, claiming that the rally was not part of Buhari’s itinerary.
He said since the APC candidate arrived in the UK, he had been meeting and consulting with political leaders, while also having some rest after his energy-sapping nationwide campaign, assuring that Buhari would be at the Chatham House event billed for February 26.
The APC had earlier claimed in a photo it sent to media houses last weekend that Buhari held an interview with Cable News Network (CNN) in London.
It was, however, discovered that the interview, which was arranged to deceived Nigerians into believing that their candidate in March 28 Presidential election was fit to rule, held at a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Despite desperate attempts by the APC propaganda machinery to offer more money and coerce newspapers from retracting the fraudulent picture story of Buhari’s purported London interview, The Guardian, one of the newspapers that printed the picture on its front page of Sunday, February 22, 2015, was quick to publish a regretful retraction on page 2 of the newspaper’s Monday, February 23, 2015 edition.
In the retraction, The Guardian which admitted that the picture story was indeed paid for by the APC wrote: “The front page picture of yesterday (last Sunday) in The Guardian on Sunday was not taken during the visit of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to London as we erroneously stated.
“The picture was actually taken in Abuja, when he was being interviewed by a journalist.
“The ERROR is regretted’.”, The Guardian noted.
It is believed that the APC has been manipulating information to cover up the alleged health condition of their candidate.
In the same vein, General Olusesun Obasanjo in 2007 manipulated information over the health of then Presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yet the candidate, Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua later died in office, two year after been sworn-in as President, having won the election.