Thursday, 10 August 2017

Resume or Resign: Anti-Buhari protesters troop out for fourth day

Protesters in Abuja on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Protesters gathered for the fourth straight day of protests to ask the president to resume or resign.

Protesters trooped out in Abuja on Thursday, August 10, 2017, to continue their sit-out protest against President Muhammadu Buhari for his 95-day stay away from the shores of the country.

The protests are mainly made up of members of the "Our Mumu Don Do" movement led by entertainer and activist Charles Oputa, aka, Charly Boy, and the "Concerned Nigerians" group, led by former social media director of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Deji Adeyanju

Thursday's outing is the fourth straight day of the protests, and as has been practice since Monday, the protesters converged at the Unity Fountain to ask President Buhari to either return to the country, or resign from his position for the sake of the country's progress.

While speaking on Thursday, Charly Boy condemned the actions of the police who attacked protesters on Tuesday with 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.

Adeyanju also slammed the police and criticised those that have condemned the protests, saying that "posterity will be unkind" to them.

He said, "The decisions we take today will affect this country. Therefore, every Nigerian must rise up and ask questions. That is what we are asking the citizens of our country."

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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