THE CONCERNED Nigerians
group has taken to the streets in
its fourth day of a sit-out protest
to demand the resignation of
President Muhammadu Buhari
if he fails to resume within eight
The protest which is themed
#ResumeOrResign by the group has been taking place at the Unity
Fountain in Abuja since the beginning
of the week.
Led by popular entertainer,
Charly Boy, the group also has
some notable Nollywood actors
and members of the Bring Back
Our Girls group joining the protest.
The atmosphere is calm today
with the presence of the Police.
It was also learnt that a pro-Buhari
group is meeting today.
Meanwhile, The Public Relations
Officer of the Nigerian Police, Mr
Jimoh Moshood has accused Charly
Boy, of being overly dramatic.
The Police PRO said this on
Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily,
while defending that the Police
only resorted to using teargas and
water cannons to disperse protesters
in order to prevent a breakdown
of law and order. The protesters had on Monday
taken to the streets of Abuja calling
on President Muhammadu Buhari
to either resume work or resign.
On Tuesday, however, the Police
alleged that hoodlums had infiltrated
the protest which would
have led to a total breakdown
of law and order if not for their
Although the group, numbering
less than 10, in what appeared
to be a peaceful protest were seen
sitting at the Unity Fountain, the
Police claimed that hoodlums and
miscreants took over the process,
hence the need for them (the Police)
to take necessary action.
The leader of the group, Charles
Oputa, popularly known as Charly
Boy, had collapsed twice during
the protest as a result of the teargas.
Moshood stated that the account
of the incident as narrated
by Charly Boy was wrong as the
Police did not initially prevent the
group from embarking on the protest,
but rather showed their support
on the first day.
“His first account alleging some
Police men to have told them that
they shouldn’t come out to protest
in the first instance is not correct.
No Police officer would do that.
Anything that has to do with politics
or people protesting lies in
the realm of the responsibility of
the police as provided for in the
“But like I said, we noticed the
mix up in them of miscreants
and hoodlums and that is why
the police have to intervene to
ensure that the protest doesn’t
go beyond that. Like I have explained
situations of riot to you,
we don’t want this protest to
dovetail and end up in riot
and that is why we quickly intervened.
So his account is not
correct at all.
“When the Camera comes
in, it must have been when
Police intervention had been
done and they see smoke of
tear gas. The smoke of tear gas
can go up for quite some minutes
without subsiding until
after the normal time that the
tear gas ought to subside.
“So any camera man can
pick a picture of that and you
can see over dramatisation
by the leader of the protesters
who was sitting on the chair
because the camera was coming
to his side he decided to
fall down,” Moshood said.
The group, however, continues
with the protest as it spills
into the fourth day.
THE CONCERNED Nigerians