‘’Our Mumu-Don-Do'' Movement made good its decision to continue with the protest despite police disruption yesterday that lead to it co-convener being hospitalized as result of casualty that led to rushing him to the hospital. Charles Oputa, popularly known as (charley boy) after recoporating from the injury inflicted on him said President Buhari's continued absence is holding the country to ransom
‘’ As said, we are continuing our protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from the country despite attack on our fellow protesters by policemen yerstaday as we are not deterred by their action’’. ‘’Essentially, the protest at the Unity Fountain is against Buhari staying for over 90 days in London, United Kingdom on a medical vacation to which it was concluded that it is either he resumes or resign.
According to him, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been unable to allocate portfolios to ministerial nominees and take decisions that could move the nation forward despite the transmission of power to him, proving that Buhari’s absence is stagnating the nation.
The protesters who held a sit-out at the Unity Fountain, under the watchful eyes of the police and other security agencies, stressed that President Buhari is not greater than the country.
A member of the BringBackOurGirls group, Aisha Yesufu, who also joined the protesters criticised the police harassment of the protesters, saying they should be deployed in the North-East to fight Boko Haram insurgents rather than assaulting harmless youths.
Yesufu added that Nigeria must move forward with or without the president, stressing that the country could not afford to be held down by him. She urged Nigerians to join the “resume or resign protests” to compel the government to do the right thing.
“Buhari is not greater than Nigeria and he cannot continue to hold the nation to ransom because he is sick. I once said he should resign and allow another person to take over. It is not as if we hate him, we love him and we pray for his quick recovery. It is not about a person, it is about the country; our mumu don do,” she said.
While the “Concerned Nigerians” coalition maintained their demand on President Buhari’s resumption or resignation, the “Mumu Don Do” chant by the coalition was yesterday done under the watchful eyes of soldiers, Department of State Services (DSS) and the police in vans stationed around the protest area.
Oputa condemned the reaction of the police on Tuesday, recounting how protesters were attacked by anti-riot policemen with tear gas and water cannons. He said he was hit with the butt of a rifle on his eye by a policeman and was quickly rushed to the hospital for treatment.
“We were not even up to 10 people that set out for the Unity Fountain. When we got there, we met close to 200 policemen. Initially, they tried to stop us from going further. But we explained to them that ours would be a peaceful demonstration.”