Protests on the health status of President Muhammadu, took a turn as another group in support of the President, also took to the streets in Abuja.
The counter protest was staged by a coalition of civil society groups, Center for Civil Society and Justice (CCSJ), which passed a vote of confidence on Buhari who has been away from Nigeria since May 7 for the treatment of an ailment which has not been disclosed to Nigerians yet.
The pro-Buhari supporters who converged on the Unity Fountain, Abuja on Thursday chanted songs saying Buhari should be given another four years to lead the country as President. They also chanted that President Buhari has not violated any section of the Constitution because he rightly transmitted or handed over power, as stipulated by the Constitution, to his Vice and now Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The pro-Buhari group also carried placards that read as follows: “Our President is recuperating,”
“God has healed Nigeria,” “Glory be to God,” and “Nigerians are united For President Buhari,” “Buhari/Osinbajo, we are fully with you,”and others that read, “Support President Buhari,” “Nigeria cannot be held down by corruption,” and “Prosecute looters now.”
This is in sharp contrast to the call by the Resume or Resign groups led by popular musician, Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, Ex-PDP director of New Media and convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju as well as popular Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke who joined them later.
They have been demanding the return to the country, resumption of office or resignation of President Buhari if he is incapacitated.
But they were Wednesday tear gassed by the police, a development that led to Charly Boy slumping. Some journalists were allegedly molested and some of the protesters also sustained injuries that landed them in hospitals.
Although many prominent politicians in the country including the Senate had condemned the attack on the anti-Buhari group, the Police had justified its actions by saying it got intelligence information that hoodlums had infiltrated the group.
one of the conveners of the Pro Buhari group, Nelson Ekujumi, said they staged the protest to show the world that Nigerians are solidly behind President Buhari and his anti-corruption crusade.
He described the anti-Buhari protesters as agents of darkness and sponsored elements by corrupt people in the country who are now fighting back to scuttle the anti-corruption fight.