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11 Aug 2017

Charly Boy is a Sabre-rattling Musician, #ReturnOrResign Protest is Illegal - Presidential Spokesman

The Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has labelled the ongoing #ResumeOrReturn protest led by popular musician, Charly Boy as illegal.
Buhari's SSA, Garba Shehu
The Presidency has described the “Return or resign’’ group as an illegal assembly formed to frustrate the ongoing Federal Government’s campaign against corruption in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this when he addressed members of the Centre for Civil Society and Justice, CCSJ, at the precincts of the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Members of the centre, a civil society coalition, staged a rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on medical vacation in London.

Mr. Shehu dismissed the “return or resign” agitation as an illegal assembly stealthily organised to deliver a body blow to the war against corruption.

According to the presidential aide, any attempt to derail the war against corruption using subterfuge and bluff will not succeed.

Mr. Shehu praised members of the coalition and other Nigerians for rising against “the chaotic rout of protesters’’who assembled at the Unity Fountain demanding the return of President Buhari, dismissing such demands as unlawful.

“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 Presidency wants to assure patriotic citizens is that the government will not bend.

“As far as 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 sabre-rattling musician,’’ he added.

The presidential spokesman commended the CCSJ for being orderly in their demonstration and urged them to shun all provocations by opponents of government.

He said: “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.’’

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