Pro-Buhari group, #IStandwithBuhari, in disarray, national coordinator resigns


A pro-Buhari group, IStandwithBuhari, has descended into crisis which has led to the resignation of its National Coordinator, Mustapha Ramalan.

In his letter of resignation, which was made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Ramalan said he had to step down because he was not convinced on the path being toed by the organisation.

“Having led the organization these past couple of weeks, I have reached a hard and inevitable decision of stepping down as its national coordinator with immediate effect,” Mr. Ramalan said. “If I must lead the organization, I must be convinced more than anyone, on the path we chose for ourselves.”

When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Ramalan confirmed his resignation, saying he was not comfortable with the way some decisions were taken in the group, especially with regard to the proposed nine million-man pro-Buhari march.

An associate of Mr. Ramalan, Abdullahi Aliyu, told PREMIUM TIMES the group’s leader canvassed a postponement of the planned march but that he was overruled.

“Mr. Ramalan is of the opinion that the nine million-man pro-Buhari march should be postponed because the government is still trying to pick up and hence should be given more time to justify the nine million-man march. Not this time,” Mr. Aliyu said.

Mustapha Ramalan was appointed on March 6 to lead the organisation

The Publicity Secretary of the group had told PREMIUM TIMES last month that the march was being organised to further acquaint Nigerians with the policies of the Buhari government and drum support for the president.

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