Buhari Dare Protesters... I won’t resign

There had been comments and reactions about continues absenteeism of Muhammadu Buhari from Nigeria for over 90 days. The recent action tha...

There had been comments and reactions about continues absenteeism of Muhammadu Buhari from Nigeria for over 90 days. The recent action that has attracted the media and stakeholders is the call for Buhari resignation by Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, led by Charly Boy and Deji Adeyanju.

Earlier on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 Don.ng reports that Anti-Riot Police Squad fired tear-gas on the conveners of the call for the president’s immediate resumption of office or resignation if he is incapable of continuing duties as president of Nigeria. As a result, protesters including Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa (Charly Boy), the second son of former Supreme Court judge, Chukwudifu Oputa were injured, collapsed and rushed to the hospital.

However, on Monday, 7th August 2017, the president spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu that he will not resign as the law cannot find him wanting in terms of breach as a result of his absence in Nigeria for over 90 days.

The SSA in an interview with State House correspondents said those calling for the president to resume office or resign are doing that outside the laws of the country.

He made this statement as reaction to protests in Abuja by a coalition of civil society groups against the president's continued stay in London.

According to him, the protest lacks standing ground because Buhari handed over power to his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the National Assembly was also informed in writing.

They (protesters) are exercising their rights in line with the constitution of this country. Of what use or value is a democracy in which citizens cannot embark on peaceful protests? So, we respect their right to convene or undertake peaceful protest.

On the second issue, whether the president should resign or disclose or whatever, I think they are stepping outside the laws of this country. anyone conversant with the constitution of this country will have noticed or seen that Mr President has complied 100 percent with the requirements of the constitution of this country.

He has handed over power to the Vice President relying on the constitution and the Vice President is carrying out with the affairs of this country, undertaking activities of government in line with the constitution in a way that the president himself has given words of commendation. 

So, the president has not breached any law. What he has done is perfectly in line with the constitution of this country and people are looking for things to say, I think they should do their research very well", the presidential spokesman said.

The President departed for the United Kingdom since May 7 for follow-up consultations with his doctors and is yet to address Nigerians masses on audio, video or pictorials about his current health status and their hope on his resumption.

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