A coalition of civil society groups on Monday in Abuja demanded the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical leave in the United Kingdom, saying he should resume in office or resign.
But the Presidency has described the call by the protesters for Buhari to return to the country or resign as an irrational assault on the nation’s constitution.
However, the protesters asked the National Assembly to invoke Section 144 sub-section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution and set up a medical panel to determine the President’s health status.
The convener of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, regretted the failure of the National Assembly to launch investigations or set up a panel to look into the true status of Buhari’s health.
“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 sight 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.”
Also, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, in a Facebook post on Monday, urged the protesters to drop their placards and pick up their prayer books and pray for the ailing President.
The post read, “…Those protesting for the President to resume or resign have the constitutional and fundamental rights to do so. But the President had properly handed over power to the Acting President before he travelled on medical vacation.
“I fully respect the rights of protesters to object but I appeal to them to step down their placard and pick up a prayer book for our president. He has given so much and sacrificed so much for our country, and this is the time to stand by him when it’s telling on his health.
“For a man who has given the better part of his life for our unity and for our progress, it’s not much if we show him love, care and understanding in his trying moments.”