PRESIDENCY yesterday said that
there was no amount of pressure
or blackmail to frustrate the anticorruption
war by the present
administration.
The presidency also described
as illegal the recent protest by
the ‘Our Mumu-Don-Do’ group
that recently called President
Muhammadu Buhari, who is on
medical vacation in a London
hospital, to resume work or resign,
saying the protest was designed to
scuttle the corruption fight.
This is as the presidency has
praised Nigerians for rising against
the ‘resume or resign’ protesters,
dismissing such demands as
unlawful.
Addressing members of the
Centre for Civil Society and Justice,
CCSJ, a civil society coalition
which staged a rally in support of
President Buhari at the precincts
of the Aso Rock Villa yesterday,
the senior special assistant to the
president on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu dismissed the ‘return
or resign’ agitation as an illegal
assembly stealthily organised to
deliver a body blow to the war
against corruption.
He said, “It might be taken for
granted that the beneficiaries of
the old order are fighting back. We
have been warned that corruption
will fight back.
“In a country where just
one woman for having the
opportunity to serve as minister
has N47.2 billion and 487.5 million
Dollars of public resources in
cash and property traced to her
by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, you
don’t expect the beneficiaries of
that order to allow the Buhari
administration some peace.
“They want to distract us. But
what the Acting President wants
to assure patriotic citizens is that
the government will not bend. As
far the president is concerned, he
has done the needful by handing
the reins of authority to the Vice
President. Since the law of the
country does not give a time limit
for the President’s return, it cannot
be imposed by a saber-rattling
group or individual,” Shehu said.
The presidential spokesman
commended the CCSJ for being
orderly in their demonstration
and urged them to shun all
provocations by opponents of
government.
“By divine intervention,
Muhammadu Buhari
unexpectedly got elected with the
ostensible mandate of reversing
national decline and securing its future.
“He got into the Villa through
democratic victory at election.
Anybody desiring to replace
him, whether you are wrestler,
a hairdresser or a musician, you
should go through that process. In
a democracy, threats don’t work,”
he added.
Speaking on behalf of the
protesters, the convener, Prince
Goodluck Obi said his group
had “absolute faith and trust in
President Buhari’s administration,
not machinations of corruption
and destabilisation.”
Obi said, ” We are saying from
today, 10th August 2017, we will
be holding a rally/protest march
here at Unity Fountain for the next
one month and beyond in order
to send clear and unambiguous
message to agents of chaos and
unity, that Nigerians are solidly
behind President Muhammadu
Buhari’s administration based on
our democratic mandate entrusted
to him on 28th March 2015.”
Pro-Buhari protest
In show of solidarity with
President Muhammadu Buhari,
supporters of the ailing president
staged a counter-protest
against the Charley Boy-led
‘OurMumuDonDo’ protest in
Abuja.
The counter-protest, which
held on Thursday, saw the pro-
Buhari supporters gather at Unity
Fountain in the federal capital.
The protesters were seen
carrying placards with inscriptions
as ‘Buhari, Osinbajo: We Are
Fully with You,’ ‘Our President Is
Recuperating,’ ‘God Has Healed
Nigeria, Glory Be To God,’
‘Nigerians Are United for President
Buhari,’ ‘Nigerians Endorsed
Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War,’
and so on.
It was jointly organised by
the Centre for Civil Society and
Justice and Coalition for Good
Governance and Change Initiative
Nigeria.
Senate at police
action against anti-
Buhari group
Meanwhile, the Senate has
condemned the action of the
Nigeria Police in using force to
disperse a group of protesters in
Abuja campaigning against the
indefinite medical vacation of
President Muhammadu Buhari.
The development came less than
24 hours after the upper legislative
chamber cautioned the protesters, who asked the president to
resume or resign over his failing
health, to stop heating up the
polity.
In a statement by the chairman,
Senate Committee on Media
and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi
Abdullahi, the Senate stated that
while it condemned the subject
of the protest which is aimed at
forcing President Buhari to either
terminate his medical vacation
or resign, it would not support
violation of the fundamental
human rights of Nigerians.
“While we are opposed to the
subject of the protest, the Senate
acknowledges the fact that the
protesters have the constitutional
right to gather and express their
views in a manner that will
not breach public peace, order
and tranquility. Since the ‘Our-
Mumu-Don-Do’ protesters did
not conduct themselves in such
a manner as to disturb public
peace, it is not right for the police
to brutalize the people as they
reportedly did.
“The police should review their
rules of engagement and ensure
that they are in line with that of
modern democratic societies.
The rights of the people should
not be violated by the police
employed to protect these rights.
Where the police suspect that
hoodlums are trying to hijack the
protest, it is the duty of the Police
to apprehend the hoodlums
and those who break the law
rather than generalise and thus
brutalize innocent protesters.
“We however urge the
organizers of the protest to join
other Nigerians in praying for
the safe return of President
Buhari. They should note that
any mortal being can find himself
in the situation where one needs
medical attention and more time
to fully recuperate, more so when
in the present case, the president
complied with the provisions of
the constitution and all organs
of government are not impaired
nor hindered by his medical
vacation,” Abdullahi stated.
For the third consecutive day,
a coalition of civil society and
pro-democracy groups under
the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo,
staged a peaceful protest march
in Abuja asking President Buhari
to resume or resign his office after
spending over 90 days in London
for medical treatment.
Led by musician, Charles
Oputa, aka ‘Charly Boy,’ the
group explained that the
leadership of the National
Assembly must choose between
the Nigerian people and the
cabal.
At the second day of the protest
on Tuesday, security agents
brutalised some of the protesters
and journalists covering the
event.

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  • vic

    CONSIDERING THAT PRESIDENCY ITSELF IS CORRUPT TO ITS BARE BONES?????