As condemnation continued to trail the public holiday declared by the Kogi state government over the return of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government said the holiday was to celebrate the coming back of Mr President alive.
The director general, media and publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the public holiday was declared to celebrate an African icon.
"The public holiday was declared to celebrate an African icon, President Muhammadu Buhari, who went on a medical trip abroad and came back in good health.
"The holiday was to enable the people of Kogi State to celebrate the grace of God in bringing Mr. President back alive. It also afforded the people of the state the opportunity to pray and fast for the progress of Nigeria and for Mr. President to keep waxing stronger for the task ahead.
"It is unfortunate that those condemning it choose to take Panadol for our headache. They should join us to celebrate the Lion of Africa and stop politicising an act of patriotism on the part of the governor," he said."God forbids, if Mr. President had died, many states would have declared many days of mourning.
"Kogi state only declared one day to thank God for saving our President's life. And some people angry that Mr. President is back, hale and hearty to continue to fight corruption?"