It is already 105 days since President Muhammad Buhari left Nigeria for London for medical reasons but Nigerian’s have since been demanding for the return of the President which led to the #ResumeorResign protest chaired by the popular Musician Charles Oputa.
The group has met several harassment, the recent of which was the incident at the popular Wuse Market in Abuja, where they clashed with Pro-Buhari groups and had the leader Charly Boy scampering for his life.
However, Nigerians in the United Kingdom have taken up the #ResumeorResign placard as they on Friday, staged a candlelight peaceful protest and vigil at the Abuja House in London demanding for the President’s return back to Nigeria.
The protest according to the protesters will last day and night until he returns back to Nigeria and if it doesn’t work, they will stay for two more weeks until he returns.
The group questioned the transition of power by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, stressing that the Acting President was given responsibility but had no authority to perform.
According to the person airing the protest on Facebook, “If he doesn’t go by next week, we will come back here for two weeks. His options are very narrow now, he has a job to do, let him go home and do it. The Presidential jet that has been parked here for 105 is enough to set up 4 hospitals in Nigeria. Our mumu don do, we are appealing to him to go home”.
The group which further said that they are not against the President, but against his arrest of those with divergent views, had banners with the imscriptions; “Buhari go home”, “You can’t kill us all”, “Resume or Resign” and kept chanting “Abstentee President Go home”
In the course of the protest, the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari was seen leaving the premises of the Abuja House in a car with other occupants whom the protesters identified as Zahra, the President’s daughter and another relative.
Also, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Stephen Baba who came to address the group, pleaded with them to suspend the protest for the night, adding that their questions will be answered soon.
He said; “I am only one week on the job, I am appealing to you to suspend it tonight and I promise you that I will expeditiously get back to you and we will talk on the same level with your representatives, we are all together, we all love Nigeria and that is the reason why we are here”.
When asked if the President is going back next week and nature of his illness, he said that they don’t know when he will return and the nature of the illness he is suffering from.
The group which decided to finish the protest for the night, swung into prayers and gave the President until Wednesday to return or they resume again.
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