The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has said that it is concerned about the mental health of President Muhammadu Buhari. It has now demanded that Buhari and all presidential candidates should be mandated to go through a mental health check ahead of the 2019 elections.
Backstory: The coalition has said that the concern over Buhari’s health was due to the allegation made by the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, that about the presidency being hijacked.
Ikenga Ugochinyere, the CUPP spokesman said: “A country of about 200 million people cannot be living and thriving under the situation of being in doubt of the mental stability of the man who holds their mandate to lead and who is seeking an extension of that mandate. The international community is also expressing a similar doubt hence the reactions in the economy and the withdrawal of their businesses from the country. At no other particular time in the history of Nigeria has the number of businesses which closed down in the almost four years of the Buhari Presidency happened before in Nigeria.”
What CUPP wants: For an independent team of experts in mental health to examine President Buhari and all other presidential candidates to ascertain their mental stability before polling day.
Bottom Line: CUPP is – of course – playing politics. It has endorsed Atiku, the PDP candidate, and so its call has to be viewed from those lenses. Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president, never said that her husband’s administration was hijacked because of his declining mental health. There could be a number of reasons responsible, so the CUPP argument is poor.