Buhari has not done anything wrong, Presidency tells ‘resume or resign’ protesters

The Presidency on Monday said ailing President Muhammadu Buhari had not done anything contrary to the provisions of the nation’s constitution to justify the calls by some protesters for his resignation.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Shehu was reacting to a protest staged by a coalition of civil society groups in Abuja, asking Buhari who has been receiving medical attention in London, United Kingdom since May 7 to either resume work or resign.

The presidential spokesman said those conversant with the provisions of the nation’s constitution would agree that Buhari complied fully with the country’s laws before leaving the country.

He reminded the protesters that the President handed over to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has been doing well to the commendation of Buhari himself.

Shehu, however, admitted that the protesters were only exercising their constitutional right that allows them to participate in peaceful protests.

He said, “They (the protesters) are only 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 of 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 would have noticed or seen that Mr. President has complied 100 percent with the requirements of the constitution of this country.

“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.”Punch

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