By Emmanuel Elebeke & Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— Anti-Buhari protesters, led by popular musician and entertainer, Charles Oputa a.k.a Charly Boy, yesterday, suspended their protest indefinitely.
The suspension is coming a day after members of the group escaped lynching in the hands of pro-Buhari protesters at Wuse market, Abuja.
This came on a day hundreds of youths from the Niger Delta staged a protest in Abuja in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying those pressuring the President to resume or resign as a result of ill-health were only playing a political script as the President has not committed any crime or breached any constitutional provision.
Leader of the anti-Buhari protesters, acting under the aegis of “OurMumuDonDo” movement, Charly Boy, told newsmen at Unity Fountain in Abuja that “the next line of action would be made known in the days ahead.”
He said some members of the group had received death threats but vowed that such threats would not deter the group from carrying out its plans.
He said: “We are not deterred by the intimidation and harassment by the sponsored thugs and we cannot be cowed by a few group of people. What government want to do is to ensure that we have a clash with the hired crowd and we will not allow that to happen.”
It took the intervention of the police to halt the attack, which eventually led to the sudden closure of the market by the authorities.
However, some Nigerians who reacted to the attack, described the action of the attackers as unwarranted and barbaric.
Wuse market reopened
Also, yesterday, Wuse market, shut in the wake of the clash, was reopened, following directives from FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello.
Buhari’s poor health not a crime—N-Delta youths
Meanwhile, hundreds of youths from the Niger Delta, yesterday, staged a protest in Abuja in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying those asking him to resume or resign as a result of ill-health were only playing a political script.
According to the protesters, the President has not committed any crime or breached any constitutional provision by falling ill.
The pro-Buhari youths, who converged on the Unity Fountain, venue of the ‘Resume or Resign’ protest, carried several placards with inscriptions such as “Niger Delta youths in support of President Muhammadu Buhari”, “Niger Delta, PMB we know”, “Leave PMB alone”, “Sickness is not a crime” and “Buhari is only sick, not corrupt.”
The protesters said it was understandable that the absence of the President was a cause of concern to people, but noted that no one must be punished for being ill.
Leader of the protesters, Chief Michael Johnny, while addressing journalists at the venue, said: “Granted that the absence of the President due to ill health is a cause for concern to every well-meaning Nigerian, our concern is that he should regain his full health speedily, but beyond that, we see no other issue, legal or constitutional, regarding his health challenge.
“Our constitution does not punish anyone (and for that matter, the President) for being sick. Indeed, there is no requirement that a President should either be removed from office or himself be required to voluntarily resign from office because he is sick, no matter the length of the sickness.”
The protesters advised Nigerians to support the anti-corruption efforts of the administration, rather than listening to politicians whose major grouse was that they had lost power.