Thursday, 10 August 2017

Buhari: Abuja protesters march in President's support

Pro-Buhari protesters in Abuja

The protesters marched from the Unity Fountain to the Presidential Villa as they sang in solidarity with the president's administration.

The Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative marched the streets of Abuja on Thursday, August 10, 2017, in support of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been out of the country for 95 days.

The protesters marched from the Unity Fountain to the Presidential Villa as they sang in solidarity with the president's administration.

The group displayed placards bearing messages like, Buhari, Osinbajo, we are fully with you", "Our president is recuperating, Nigeria is moving forward. No cause for alarm", "Nigerians unite for peace", "We stand against terrorism", "If we don't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. - Buhari".


The group's solidarity march can be seen as a counter-protest to a wave of anti-Buhari protests that has rocked the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since Monday, August 7.

The sit-out protest against the absentee president started with the "Our Mumu Don Do" movement led by entertainer and activist Charles Oputa (Charly Boy), who marched from Unity Fountain down to the Presidential Villa.

On Tuesday, the group, alongside "Concerned Nigerians" group, led by former social media director of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Deji Adeyanju, were attacked by the police when officers fired gas canisters and water cannons to dismiss them.

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A protester was injured and had to be rushed to the Federal Staff Clinic Federal Secretariat, while Charly Boy also fainted due to the attack.


Despite Tuesday's setback, the group marched again in Abuja on Wednesday with renewed strength in numbers.

The protesters' full demands are: "that the president either personally or through his aides make the true detail of his health known to all Nigerians; that president should address all Nigerians in a language we can all understand on the true state of his health and other national issues; that he returns to the country and resume work as president of Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to lead us out economic and security quagmire we have been pushed into as a nation; if President Buhari fails, refuses and/ or neglect to do any of the above , then he should  resign from office; if he fails to honourably resign, then he should be impeached from office by the national assembly."

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President Buhari left the country on May 7 to resume treatment in London for an undisclosed illness, leaving Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in charge of the country's affairs.

77 days after he left the country, pictures of President Buhari finally surfaced online when he met with state governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 23, at the Abuja House in London.

Since then, he has met with another delegation of Nigerian governors, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.


The First Lady, Aisha Buhari travelled to London to meet the president on Sunday, August 6, ahead of what is considered to be his return.

The president and his team have insisted that his return is imminent, but there has been no confirmed date.

from - Nigeria's entertainment & lifestyle platform online

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