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Protests will not make Buhari Resign-Presidency

The Presidency has revealed that no amount of protest will make President Muhammadu Buhari resign since he has religiously followed the constitution

The statement was in response to a call by some civil society organisations that the President should resign or return to work.

President Buhari has been in the United Kingdom since May 7 for a follow-up appointment with his doctors.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu told reporters at the State House that the President had not breached any law.

He said: “They are exercising their rights in line with the constitution of this country. Of what use or value is a democracy in which citizens cannot embark on peaceful protests? So we respect their right to convene or undertake peaceful protest.

“On the second issue, whether the President should resign or disclose or whatever, I think they are stepping outside the laws of this country.

“Anyone conversant with the constitution of this country will have noticed or seen that Mr President has complied 100 per cent with the requirements of the constitution..

“He has handed over power to the Vice President, relying on the constitution and the Vice President is carrying on with the affairs of this country; he is undertaking activities of government in line with the constitution in a way that the President himself has given words of commendation.

“So the President has not breached any law. What he has done is perfectly in line with the constitution of this country and people are looking for things to say. I think they should do their research very well.”

In a statement later, Shehu added: “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.

“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 represents 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 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.”

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