#ResumeOrResign: Presidency asks Nigerians to ignore those protesting Buhari’s absence

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

The presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore calls for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to return to work or resign his position.

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said activists who took to the street to protest Mr. Buhari’s prolonged absence have a right to do so, but that they “overstepped their bounds” by trying to force the president’s hands.

“The President has complied 100 per cent with the constitution by handing over power to the Vice-President before proceeding on his vacation,” Mr. Shehu said. “He has not breached any law or the constitution by staying away from office to take care of his health.”

The president has been away in London since May 7, where he’s believed to be receiving treatment for unknown ailments.

Nigerians have demanded specific details about his ailments, a request that his office has continued to rebuff.

Several groups took to the streets in Abuja and London on Monday, demanding his immediate resignation or return to work.

“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,” Deji 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,” he added.

Other Nigerians who participated in a simultaneous demonstration in London also called on the president to either return home and resume work or step down from office.

Entertainer Charlie Boy was amongst those who participated at Monday’s protest in Abuja.

Responding to the protesters shortly after they rounded off the day’s exercise, the presidency said no further explanations were necessary since Mr. Buhari had handed over powers to Yemi Osinbajo, who has been functioning as acting president for more than three months.

“There is nothing like a power vacuum in the country given the competence and general harmony with which the whole government is running.

“Any such calls as being made by this or any other group represent an irrational assault on the constitution and should be ignored by well-meaning members of the public.

“The need of the hour for this country is to rid it of corruption, reform and reinvigorate the economy and to fight crime and insurgency.

“The government is busy with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure all over the country. It is creating jobs for the unemployed,” Mr. Shehu said.

But Mr. Adeyanju told PREMIUM TIMES that sundry government functions have been paralysed by Mr. Buhari’s absence, describing role of Mr. Osinbajo as a “facade”.

“Nigerians are not fooled,” he stated. “But even if we were, now we’re saying: enough is enough!”


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  • Elemele

    “For a president who has spent 113 days abroad taking care of his health out of the 191 days
    in 2017, it is time for section 144 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
    to be invoked, President Buhari left Nigeria for London on May 7, 2017, and today is July 10,
    2017, 64 clears days since Nigerians saw their president or heard anything from him.

    Even the president’s handlers are keeping Nigerians in the dark.
    Even though the number of days that a president can spend outside the country is not
    specified in the 1999 constitution (as amended), the makers of the laws of Nigeria
    envisaged this kind of situation and made provisions for how to resolve it in
    section 144. It has, therefore, become pertinent that the federal executive
    council (FEC) must invoke section 144 of the 1999 constitution by
    passing a resolution declaring that President Buhari is incapable
    of discharging the functions of his office.”

    …………Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state

    (July 10th, 2017)

    • Gander Goose


      By condemning Nigeria
      to a status of illiterate country and holding down the rest of the
      country from progressing, northern Nigerians make excessive demand on the
      federal treasury on dubious population claim, for the purpose of funding the
      primeval status quo of Emirs, mosques and Koranic recitation – none of which
      connects to physical science knowledge to think up new products and services and to
      manage the production of those services sensibly, profitably and sustainably. Northern
      Nigeria; whence Muhamadu Buhari comes, is the first problem with Nigeria, as
      presently constituted.

      Nigeria is now
      almost permanently chained in the legs. The percentage of illiterates in
      northern Nigeria is a dead weight on the rest of the country. If northern
      Nigeria dubiously claims to have more than 50% of the country’s population –
      despite being a semi-desert zone, and keeps quiet on the other fact that
      northern Nigeria has the highest illiteracy rate of 80% inside the northern
      region, the northern Nigerians wish to have their cake and eat it.

  • Dawood

    FAKE PROTEST. These rented protesters should go protest NASS. How much of the looters’ monies was used for this fake protest?

  • #ResumeOrDie