It described Buhari as the “President of a cabal.”
The protesters added that Buhari had remained accessible to only a few people who knew his health status contrary to his pledge on the day of his inauguration when he said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
Speaking during their sit-in at the Unity fountain, Maitama, Abuja, a member of the #OurMumuDonDo movement, Adebayo Raphael, urged the President to resign honourably.
He said, “Nigeria cannot continue to pay the medical bills of a sick president who is inaccessible to Nigerians but only to a cabal. On the day of his inauguration, Buhari said he belonged to nobody. But today, he is only accessible to a few people. He is the president of a cabal.
“All Nigerians must rise up and speak truth to power. Time has come for all Nigerians to put an end to the shenanigans. As a president who preached accountability, transparency and integrity, we are calling on him to listen to the voice of Nigerians by doing the honourable thing – resign.”
Convener of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, argued that governance had been grounded to a halt on account of the President’s absence.
“Governance is suffering; you can see the poor budget performance because there is no solid supervision in government. That is a key issue we are calling the government to be accountable for. Even the anti-corruption war is suffering as anyone can see,” he stated.
The activist alleged that the pro-Buhari group was sponsored to attack #ReturnOrResign coalition on Friday in order to get the police to issue a blanket ban on protests in the Federal Capital Territory.
“Our colleagues (pro-Buhari supporters) are not here today (Saturday). Money cannot buy passion or commitment. The journalists saw what happened on Friday; they surged towards us but we were protected by some security men. We know there is a plan to encourage them to attack us so that the FCT police command could issue a blanket ban on protests in Abuja,” Adeyanju noted.
Various pro-government groups had sprung up in defence of the President since the #ResumeOrResign coalition took to the streets last Monday.
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