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15 Aug 2017

Buhari’s pictures, video meant to deceive Nigerians, says by angry Protesters

The #ResumeOrResign protesters on Monday said they were not impressed by the pictures and video of President Muhammadu Buhari released last Saturday, saying they were meant to deceive Nigerians.
The group alleged that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had been incapacitated by ‘the cabal’ and was not allowed to govern the country effectively.

Speaking to journalists during the eighth day of its protest on Monday in Abuja, the leader of the #OurMumuDonDo Movement, Charly Boy, said he watched the video many times and “could see through the deceit and lies.”

The artist alleged that the presidential media aides, who released the pictures and video after visiting the President in London, were pressured to go to the United Kingdom by his coalition’s protests.

He said, “We forced the FEC (Federal Executive Council) to hurriedly send some media aides to London to showcase the President. I watched the video several times and I could see the deceit and the lies.

 “The President is fragile and frail; we saw a man who wants to be left alone, we saw a man who wants to rest but for the cabal. If anything happens to him, we would hold the cabal responsible; we would call them out, name them and ensure they are prosecuted.”

The protest convener, Deji Adeyanju, insisted that his group simply wanted the President to disclose his health status, adding that plans had been concluded for protests in London, Lagos and Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

The #ResumeOrResign protesters had barely concluded their protest when a bus load of youths shouting ‘Sai Buhari’ arrived at the Unity Fountain to express their support for the ailing President.

Before their arrival, sachets of water popularly called pure water had been kept at the garden for the President’s supporters who arrived in numbers.

 An entertainment company played loud Hausa songs from speakers mounted on a mini truck.

A youth, Ahmed Hong, declared total support for the President, saying he had not done anything wrong, adding that he should be allowed to recuperate “since he has handed over to the Acting President who is doing well.”

 A Buhari’s supporter, who gave his name as Abdulrahman Daura, insisted that the #ResumeOrResign campaigners could not stampede Buhari into abandoning his treatment to return to the country.

“We are the youths; 11 people protesting against the President cannot force him to resume or resign,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the BBC, in a report on Sunday, listed Buhari among African presidents who did not have faith in their countries’ health systems.

Other presidents mentioned in the report were Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) and Patrice Talon (Benin Republic).

The report described Buhari as the “first among equals” in terms of the time spent abroad getting medical help.

After spending 49 days in the United Kingdom earlier in the year, Buhari returned to the country on May 7 and has since been there.

The report noted that Buhari did not make a single public appearance in the first two months of his current trip.

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