#ResumeOrResign: Group begins sit-out in Abuja, London over Buhari’s absence

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja
Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

A coalition of civil society groups on Monday commenced demonstrations in Abuja and London to demand an end to President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged absence from office.

In Abuja, protesters, which include entertainer Charley Boy, vowed to camp at Unity Fountain; while those protesting in London stayed briefly outside the Abuja House.

Those who protested in Abuja marched from Unity Fountain to the Presidential Villa in Asokoro district, promising to continue the exercise until their demands are met.

Mr. Buhari has since May 7 remained in London, where he is treated for an undisclosed ailment.

Although he met constitutional requirement by relinquishing presidential powers to his vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Buhari still faces criticism for “leaving the country in a state of anxiety”, Deji Adeyanju, one of the organisers of today’s protest, said.

“Someone called himself a president and he disappeared from his country for so many days all while refusing to even tell the citizens what exactly ails him,” Mr. Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, said. “We cannot continue like this.”

“A country of 180 million people cannot continue like this because of only one man who has become clearly incapacitated by old age.”

President Buhari’s health, which was a major issue during the campaign, has loomed large on his administration.

His first medical trip abroad came in June 2016, after barely a year in office.

He travelled again in January and returned in March, spending exactly 50 days.

He has so far spent 92 days on his latest trip without any sign of his return.

Within the last month, he received several leaders, including Mr. Osinbajo and state governors, during which he assured Nigerians of his imminent return.

But critics say the president did not go far enough to assuage fears about his illness.

“Pictures are not enough,” said Chidi Cali, who organised the London protest. “We believe his time is now up.”

“If he’s not willing to resume, he should be ready to step down.”

The protesters carried banners that read “Our Mumu Don Do”, which literally translates as “Our docility must stop,” amongst others.

“We’ve been fooling around in this country for too long,” Mr. Adeyanju said. “Enough is enough!”

The protesters called on the National Assembly to invoke relevant sections of the Constitution and mandate the current Federal Executive Council, under the supervision of Mr. Osinbajo, to set up a medical team to ascertain Mr. Buhari’s health status.

Administration officials have shut down complaints about the president’s whereabouts or the nature of his illness and maintained that government activities would not suffer as a result of Mr. Buhari’s absence.


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  • George

    the jasckas Buhari with his Hyenas ashawo wife are hiding in UK for no reason God must disgrace them completely.

    Smelling Aisha let her come and say a word.

    • Crossroads2017

      @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

      “Out of 109 Senators
      Yoruba has 18 from six states: Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, and
      Osun. Ibo has 15 senators from five states of the south east. The south south
      has 18 senators while the north west, north central, and north east which
      formed the 19 states of the former northern region has 57 senators. Federal
      Capital Territory (FCT) has only one senator which jerks up northern senators
      to 58 in total. Out of 360 members of House of Representatives, the north has
      191 members while the entire south has 169. Politics is a game of numbers.

      As long as the
      numbers are on the side of the north, they’ll not only drive Nigerian politics,
      they’ll always control and dominate the center. They’ll always vote down any
      reforms that will restructure the lopsided federal system of which they’re the
      biggest beneficiary. It’s no surprise that they’re against devolution of power!

      The recently
      concluded Constitution review by the senate was an exercise in futility.
      Restructure, favored by a majority of Nigerians, was rejected by the senators
      48 to 46. Out of 33 bills considered for amendment to various sections of the
      Constitution, restructure, which deals with devolution of power among other
      things, is the most important. Restructure would have forced the federal
      government to transfer to the states some of the 68 items on its exclusive
      list.”

      ………………Bayo Oluwasanmi

      (August 7th, 2017)

      • Crossroads2017


        The recently
        concluded Constitution review by the senate was an exercise in futility.
        Restructure, favored by a majority of Nigerians, was rejected by the senators
        48 to 46. Out of 33 bills considered for amendment to various sections of the
        Constitution, restructure, which deals with devolution of power among other
        things, is the most important. Restructure would have forced the federal
        government to transfer to the states some of the 68 items on its exclusive
        list.”

        ………………Bayo Oluwasanmi

        (August 7th, 2017)

    • You crossed the line by going after Mrs Buhari. It’s totally uncalled for and unacceptable. Please try to maintain some civility on this platform.

    • Henry_Itopa

      I am all for this protest but only cowards will go after a man’s wife

  • kayode Olufade

    Haha…nice one

  • Watch man

    It is just a question of time and then the northerners will rent counter protesters to advise Buhari to go for second tenure for his “good governance”. This is Nigeria where anything goes.

  • Ikechukwu_67

    …..Even after complying with the constitutional requirements? Is there a constitutional crisis as a result of his absence? This hatred of Buhari has obviously consumed some people. Buhari has followed the law as it concerns his absence, what he needs now are our prayers to be well. I haven’t heard of this from anyone yet. All I have heard are abuses and insults on his person and his family.

    These individuals would still harass him when he’s back. They just hate him. Like I’ve always said, Buhari was elected and he won fair and square. I know some people are still sulking over their loss in 2015,however that’s the meaning of losing out. If you want Buhari out, No problem, but you would only have your floor in 2019 to vote. No backdoor business here. He’s the President and he’s totally entitled to the best treatment the country can offer.

    You can’t pray for the well being of your President but very happy to harass him even in his sickness. Horrible People!!