The personal assistant to President Buhari on Social Media Lauretta Onochie has said that those asking for full disclosure of the health status of the president are disrespecting his right to privacy.
She made this known when she was a guest at Channels Television‘s Politics Today on Monday.
The presidential aide added:
For the life of me, I have no idea why anybody should disrespect another by asking for the details of their health status. As we speak, we have an acting president. As we speak, President Buhari seems to be like a private citizen at the moment. We have no right and it is very disrespectful for anyone to ask for his health status. In the UK where I came from nobody would release anybody’s health record to another, not even the members of their family unless the person decides to approve.
The prerogative to speak on his ailment lies only on President Buhari. If he chooses, it is a choice. It is very disrespectful and very intrusive. We are intruding into his private rights. He has rights too as a citizen of Nigeria. It is not right, not appropriate. Anybody can get sick at any particular time.
Here’s how Nigerians on Twitter reacted to her statement:
— ☀️ TAEWANG 🌎 (@Adebayoraph) August 7, 2017
Lauretta Onochie shud knw dat as long as Buhari is d president of Nigeria anything abt him isn't private.we deserve 2 know his health status
— OmoAdedapo (@EbenezerPedro) August 7, 2017
Mama Lauretta Onochie shouldn't be speaking on behalf of the presidency, she is all shades of embarrassment.
— IGWE KELVIN (ESQ) (@IgweOfficial) August 7, 2017
The president is a private citizen, its not right for anyone to ask for his health status -Lauretta Onochie
Yet we burn public funds on him
— Oke Umurhohwo (@stalyf) August 7, 2017
You can be paid to defend the President but you must not abuse people's sensibility while doing that. Lauretta Onochie
— Imhons Erons (@ImhonsSays) August 7, 2017