Ignore Call for Buhari to Return or Resign By Protesters – Presidency

The Presidency on Monday faulted the call by protesters, under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians, for President Muhammadu Buhari to return to the country or resign, describing the call as unnecessary.
The organisation, Concerned Nigerians on Monday, converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja urging the President to either resume duty or resign.
The group said it will march to the Presidential Villa Tuesday to demand the resignation of the President
But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, asked well-meaning members of the public to ignore the protesters.
He said, “I wish to respond to media enquiries following demonstration by a few citizens this morning in Abuja. The demonstration is in the exercise of their freedom under the constitution, which guarantees their right to embark on peaceful protests.
“So long as they remain peaceful, we have no problem with them. What is democracy if citizens can’t peacefully demonstrate?
“On the second issue, demanding the President’s return, or resignation or certain explanations, I would say that they have over-stepped their bounds.
“The President has complied 100 percent with the constitution by handing over power to the Vice-President before proceeding on his vacation. He has not breached any law or the constitution by staying away from office to take care of his health.
“Equally, there is nothing like a power vacuum in the country given the competence and general harmony with which the whole government is running.
“Any such calls as being made by this or any other group represent an irrational assault on the constitution and should be ignored by well-meaning members of the public.
“The need of the hour for this country is to rid it of corruption, reform and reinvigorate the economy and to fight crime and insurgency.
“The government is busy with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure all over the country. It is creating jobs for the unemployed.
“It has set its sights on the larger picture of the country’s development; investing in rail and power projects and redeeming the country’s image from the mountains of corruption scandals that have marred it.
“We will not, therefore, be distracted by this or any other groups.”

Author: News Editor

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