A Coalition of Civil Societies and Youth Groups in Nigeria have launched a pro-Buhari campaign, Remain and Restore.
The group was launched to silence the ongoing calls by some persons on President Muhammadu Buhari to either return to the country of resign.
A group of persons led by Charles Oputa, famously known as Charly Boy have been protesting against the long absence of President Buhari from the country due to his ill-health.
Speaking at the launch of the group in Abuja, yesterday, Solomon Adodo described the clamour for the resignation of Buhari as a mere distraction.
He said the calls were championed by few Nigerians who have no idea of what governance entailed.
Adodo said, “These are the people that have attempted staging protests both in Abuja House London and on the streets of Abuja. Their excuse for this show of shame is to ask for the absurd, they are demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari cut short his medical vacation and immediately resume duties or resign.
“This charade is absurd for those of us who recall clearly that Nigerians prevailed on President Buhari to take time off and attend to his health while strictly following his doctors’ instructions.”
He recalled that it was equally well documented that the President followed due process by properly notifying the National Assembly of his medical vacation.
He added that in line with the Constitution, he handed over to his vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the Acting President.
“The process was seamless and the country has continued along the path of recovery under this Presidency.
“The #Return or Resign protesters, #OurMumuDonDo protesters and any other franchise under which they gather to foment trouble are therefore aware that their real goal is to precipitate instability since nothing about their demands are logical.
“It may well be a way of starting nationwide mayhem that is definitely sponsored.
“Being that Nigerians were the one that pressured President Buhari to seek treatment, we believe that Nigerians will also not keep mute while some mischievous elements use the medical vacation as a cover to cause instability.
“As a first step, we are launching, “Remain and Restore” #RemainAndRestore as a series of nationwide protests in Lagos and Abuja. The objective of this action is to remind Mr. President that Nigerians want him to stay back for his treatment, continue his medical leave and recover while he continues to issue instructions on how to restore Nigeria. This is the ideology of#RemainAndRestore.
“The rallies which are to commence in Abuja and Lagos over a period of several days will feature dance drama and songs by participants to itemize the President’s achievement particularly in the area of insecurity and economic prosperity.
“We therefore urge Nigerians and of course President Buhari not succumb to the antics of self-professed professional protesters that have decided to make themselves into nuisance.
“We should all endeavor to come out enmasse and show that they have given their mandate for Mr President to heed his doctors’ advice and recover further before resuming duties.”
…Bamaiyi reveals those benefiting from President’s sickness
Former Chief of Army Staff, Isaiah Baimaiyi has claimed that some people are benefitting from President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness.
In an interview with newsmen during the 40th General Conference of the United Missionary Church of Africa (UMCA) at the UMCA Theological College in Ilorin, Kwara State, he also described those playing politics with Buhari’s health as “irresponsible”.
“It’s normal for any human being to fall sick. He took all necessary constitutional steps before he left the country.
“Yes, I agree there are problems. I think people who are really close to the president are benefiting from his health problems.
“They are the ones causing problem for him. There’s no reason whatsoever why they should not talk about the president’s health. If the president feels he can’t continue, he will be the one to tell you.
“I know Mr President very well enough because I worked under him directly. I know him to be respectful and straight forward.
“If he knows he won’t be able to continue, he would have said so. We shouldn’t play politics with the president health. It doesn’t portray us as responsible people,” he said.