Buhari support groups hold rally in Abuja

Pro Buhari protesters

Barely a week after Nigerians held anti-government protests in major cities across the country, a coalition of Buhari Support Groups held a rally of their own on Tuesday in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The coalition, Truth and Justice Movement of Nigeria, held the rally under the banner: “I Support President Buhari”.

It said other legs of the rally would be held in Kano, Lagos and Kaduna on Wednesday and Thursday.

One of the conveners of the rally, Moses Abdullahi, had disclosed in Abuja on Sunday that the march would hold in Abuja on Tuesday, in Kaduna and Kano on Wednesday, and the grand finale in Lagos on Thursday.

In Abuja, members of civil society and political groups gathered under the coalition at the Unity Fountain to trumpet the achievements of President Buhari.

The participants were mostly women and youth and marched across some major streets in the Federal Capital Territory, under the watch of the police.

They said they were out to pass a vote of confidence on the Buhari-led administration.

Convener of the groups, Johnson Ondoma, who spoke during the rally said the march is to demonstrate to President Buhari that he has the support of the people having fulfilled his promises to reinvent Nigeria, and having defeated terrorism and corruption in the country.

Pro Buhari protesters
Pro Buhari protesters at the Unity Fountain in Abuja

“The rally is important because as commoners, we express ourselves through public actions and not politicians and contractors who prefer to discuss governance in the state houses and lobbies of hotels,” Mr. Ondoma said.

He said despite repeated attempts to portray the Buhari administration as not performing, Nigerians are aware that the administration in the last two years has achieved far better than its predecessor in areas of anti-corruption, infrastructure and security.

Citing the $1 billion EuroBond which was oversubscribed as the beginning of good things to come, Mr. Ondoma said individuals who are sincere would acknowledge the investment in infrastructure that is now bringing improvement to roads and other critical national asset.

“Unlike in the past when the money for these road contacts were usually shared and made to circulate round, the funds released are now actually going into getting the jobs done.

“If people are not getting slush funds passed down to them, it means they have to review their personal economic activities within the reality of an anti-corruption era.

“There have also been several social security programmes being implemented by the government to ensure that economically disadvantaged people are not left to weather the difficulties they are facing alone. This has never happened before and it is something we should be objective enough to commend,” he said.

He also said President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight has exposed big thieves among the populace.

Recall that after President Muhammadu Buhari extended his vacation, thousands of Nigerians gathered on the streets of Lagos and Abuja in a protest tagged #IstandWithNigeria.

The protest against the federal government on February 6 was announced by music star 2baba Idibia who later withdrew after expressing security concerns.


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  • Otile

    But where is Imam Buhari?

    • AryLoyds

      MOSES Abdulahi 🙂

  • Imam OLODO

    Its a shame that Africa has refused to learn. Colonial mentality and stupidity amongst Africans and most Nigerians in particular is beyond what I ever imagined. Yesterday I listened to Al-Jazeera and BBC. Both media houses ran reports on Imam Olodo’s (Buhari) health and his indefinite hospitalization in London. I was exceedingly bemused to hear some Nigerians and politicians alike pray and fast for Imam Olodo’s recovery. Isn’t this stoupidity? Pray for a man who refused to fund Hospitals in Nigeria? Its utter insanity for any rational individual to do that…and it shows that we are not a country. Were Nigeria a country, a man like Buhari will never emerge to occupy any public office.But like Dr Femi Aribisala once wrote, Nigeria is a country where anyone, however dumb can become president and s/he will have no problems having supporters ready to protest on the streets on his/her behalf.

    • Du Covenant

      It is unfortunate if put the blame of the state our hospitals on Buhari. Our healthcare system started its decay the moment we got independence from the British, the same holds true for our education system. Nigerian governors started stealing us dry long before Buhari became President, Ibori, governor general, Dizeani and many others to mention a few. Our senate became Nigeria’s glorified retirement home long before Buhari became President. I advise you to think twice when you make jokes out of people with health challenges, you are flesh and blood like anyone else.