The Coalition of United Political Parties has berated President Bola Tinubu over his recent private trip to France.
The group bemoaned the timing of the trip and wondered how the president would be embarking on such a trip while, according to it, Nigeria is in dire need of leadership.
It further tendered its frustration by the frequency of Tinubu’s so-called private trips to France, claiming that the country may have just returned to the Buhari era.
According to CUPP, a comprehensive health and fitness test should be made compulsory when choosing a leader, so that Nigerians will avoid this situation in the future.
“It is our hope and belief that these private trips do not involve something untoward that is hidden from Nigerians who voted for him to salvage the country, which has been in a downward spiral,” the coalition said in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Peter Ameh.
“Tongues have begun to wag, and speculations are beginning to abound about the real reasons for these private trips.
“We hope that Nigeria is not about to witness another Buhari 2.0 presidency where, from time to time, without any form of announcement, the President would sneak out of the country to a foreign country for medical treatment in the name of a private visit.
“President Tinubu should realise that Nigeria is beset on all sides by insecurity, galloping inflation, hunger and starvation, unemployment that is running wild and out of control, etcetera. The value of the naira is speeding southward, with our currency exchanging at almost a thousand five hundred naira to the United States dollar,” the group said.
However, the CUPP said it feels and recommends “that the country needs a hands-on-deck president, and whatever the reason for these private visits can be conveniently handled in Nigeria or in the absence of such facilities being available, provision should be urgently made to have them brought to Nigeria.
“Nigeria needs the physical presence of their president to have that assurance that the job of Mr President has not been outsourced to those who have no business exercising it.”