It was shocking, as thousands of protesters on Monday, marched to the gateway of Aso Rock, demanding that either President Muhammadu Buhari resumes office, or resigns.
Recall, that on Saturday, a coalition of civil society groups under the aegis of ‘Concerned Nigerians’, vowed to hit the streets, if the President did not resume office after 90 days.
Recall also, that Buhari has been in the United Kingdom, UK, where he has been receiving medical attention, since May 7.
On Monday, the protesters marched in the downpour, bearing placards with inscriptions – ‘Our mumu don o’; ‘Buhari called for impeachment when Yar’Adua was sick, now we are calling for the same’; ‘Buhari! Where are you? We are tired of being enslaved in our country’; ‘Our ignorance must come to an end’.
The full demands of the group are: “That the President either personally or through his Aides, make the true details of his health known to all Nigerians; that President should address all Nigerians in a language we can all understand on the true state of his health and other national issues; that he returns to the country and resumes work as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, in order to lead us out of economic and security quagmire we have been pushed into as a nation; if President Buhari fails, refuses and/or neglects to do any of the above, then he should resign from office; if he fails to honourably resign, then he should be impeached from office by the National Assembly.”
The protest was peaceful. However, a detachment of anti-riot Policemen, was stationed within the perimeter of the Aso villa gate, to forestall a breakdown of law and order.