A chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has said the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and President Muhammadu Buhari's spokespersons are being insincere with their principal's health status.
But reacting to the President's indefinite postponement of his return to Nigeria, Adebanjo said while he wished Buhari well and pray for his quick recovery, he believed those speaking for him were telling lies and that there was something wrong.
"I was listening to Lai Mohammed, he said the President is hale and hearty. Using the phrase "hale and hearty" for the President who went to the UK on a 10-day leave and had to extend it, shows something is not right," Adebanjo told Punch.
"First, Nigerians were told that Buhari was going on vacation and that he would do checkup. At the end of the 10 days, we were told his doctor asked him to wait to obtain the result of some medical tests, and he comes out again to tell us he is hale and hearty.
"From their evidence, both Lai Mohammed and the Femi Adesina are talking nonsense. One said the President is sick. Mohammed said he is hale and hearty. Yet when the time came for him to resume, he didn't.
"We should ask: does one do medical tests for somebody who is hale and hearty? That is their language. I am only criticising them based on the evidence they provided. They (Mohammed and Adesina) are inconsistent, incoherent and they do not show sincerity.
"I am not a fool. Nigerians are not fools. They are being economical with the truth. Adesina and Mohammed are talking balderdash. They are taking us for a ride.
"My own experience is that when somebody is sick and you can't say what is wrong with him, doctors would ask such a fellow to do a series of test. And yet you tell us the man is hale and hearty.
"Nobody wants Buhari dead but they are not telling us the truth. Human beings can fall sick, which is natural. What is wrong in saying this man has an ailment? It is now left for people to pray for speedy recovery.
"Yet, our hopes were raised that there is nothing wrong with the man and yet he cannot resume. They forget that all of us have a stake in his health. They are insulting our intelligence."