Government of federal republic of Nigeria has been urged to investigate, arrest and prosecute “mischief-makers” behind the rumoured death of President Muhammadu Buhari said to be on vacation in London.
President of the Coalition of Civil Society Groups (COSG), Mr Etuk Bassey Williams, made the call when he led a peaceful protest march on Tuesday in Abuja against incessant sponsored media attacks, blackmail and protest against President Buhari, especially on the grounds of his health condition and state of the economy of the nation.
The protesters carried placards of various inscriptions such as “President Muhammadu Buhari is alive”, “stop blackmailing Buhari & CBN Governor,” Economic recession: blame past leaders not Buhari, Emefiele,” “we support government policies,” we pass vote of confidence on CBN Governor” among others.
Williams, said information available to the Coalition revealed that certain group sponsored by some “disgruntled” politicians who were bent on destabilising the nation have perfected plans to stage a massive protest against President Buhari, they alleged “is dead”.
He gave one-week ultimatum to the Police and other security agencies to arrest, expose and prosecute the blackmailers who are going around telling Nigerians and international community that President Buhari is dead, so as to serve as deterrent.
He said it was a height unpatriotic act for anyone to have wished the President dead even when he duly notified the National Assembly of his 10 Days vacation and handed over to his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to act on his behalf as provided in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Etuk Wiliams said the declaration of President Buhari dead while observing his vacation in United Kingdom was a joke taken too far and must be condemned by all meaning Nigerians.
“It is on this note that we call on the various security agencies to investigate, arrest, and prosecute these corrupt politicians with penchant for sponsoring protests and media propaganda against political office holders,” he said.
He expressed the commitment of the Civil Society Groups to support President Buahri government.