………… as day two of sit out protest turns rowdy
By Gbenga Gbelee
The Senate has sent a strong note of caution to sponsors and participants in the protests by a coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, to stop heating up the polity with their demands.
The Senate also described the CSOs’ demand for the return or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom as unreasonable.
In a statement signed by the senate spokesman, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Red chamber said the
protesters were only creating unnecessary tension in the country and seeking to divert the attention of the Presidency from the pending economic and security issues confronting the country.
The Senate affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari had complied with the provisions of the
Constitution which stipulated that he must handover to the Vice President and duly inform the two
chambers of the National assembly about his medical vacation.
The law makers said they do not see any justification for the protest by the coalition of civil society
organisations and accused the sponsors of seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the peace of
The senate noted that with the present arrangement, there is no vacuum in the governance of the
country since the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is providing the required leadership
hence, the protest becomes needless.
Dr. Aliyu Abdullahi on behalf of the senate urged all Nigerians to focus on praying for the safe return of the President adding that the National assembly is quite happy about the report by the governors and APC leaders who recently visited President Buhari in London.
He called on the protesters to desist from their demonstrations and let their sense of patriotism
overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the President, the acting
President and Nigeria as a country at this critical period.
It would be recalled that day two of protest in Abuja demanding the return of President Muhammadu Buhari turned rowdy (yesterday, August 8) when policemen fired tear gas canisters at protesters, injuring one person in the process.
Reports have it that the demonstrators who are coordinated under the umbrella of a coalition of civil society groups, were having their sit-out at the Millennium Park opposite the Unity Fountain,
Maitama, when policemen disrupted their gathering by firing tear gas canister to displace them.
Sources said the attempt by policemen to disrupt their gathering did not achieve its aim as the
coalition members braved the assault by the police and continued with their sit out for another hour.
According to reports, the wounded protester was immediately rushed to a clinic at the Federal
Secretariat complex, for prompt medical attention even as the extent of injuries sustained by the
victim could not be immediately ascertained.
The protest led by foremost entertainer, Charles Oputa, widely known as Charly-boy, is demanding
that President Muhammadu Buhari return to Nigeria immediately or tender his resignation.
Tuesday (August 8) marks the 92nd day since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to London on a follow-up medical trip with no specified time of returning to the country.