Oshiomhole, who spoke to journalists at his hometown in Iyamho, Estako-West Local Government Area, shortly after voting during Saturday’s House of Representatives by-election for Etsako federal constituency, noted that the dust generated by the vacation was unnecessary.
According to him, the President, as a citizen, is entitled to a period of rest and medical checkup.
He explained “I think it is unnecessary. Let us be honest. As the governor of Edo State, we have had to sponsor. Nigerian medical doctors who requested for it in black and white that they had to be treated in India, the UK or the US and they gave me several reasons why they needed foreign medical check.”
Oshiomhole stated that it was unfortunate that some Nigerians preferred to peddle negative speculation to the extreme, rather than wish the President well.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to be cautious of their utterances.
He said, “We like to speculate the worst. I have been in government; to be honest, the President today, as a retired general, does not need that. The least we owe him is prayer, not the kind of sponsored, negative speculation that, sometimes, you wonder what the people really want.’’
The governor added, “To those who like to speculate bad news, they should not forget the story of (the late Nnamdi) Azikiwe. People went to town to say that Azikiwe was dead. Newspapers wrote editorials about his stewardship and someone constituted himself as the chairman of the burial committee; remember the guy who said that the great tree had fallen.
“Azikiwe, because it was not his time, said that he would attend the funerals of all those who wished him dead. And all those who were members of the funeral committee, one after the other, joined their ancestors while Zik was alive. So, let’s be careful when we speculate ill for others. What we do not wish for ourselves, we should not wish for others.”