Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari who has
been on a 10-day working leave in London will
resume work on Monday 6th of February 2017.
However, the President will be resuming with a
supposed massive protest to greet him after his
relaxation in London.
The protest is against his supposed economic
policies that have not yet saved Nigeria from the
sea of recession despite the promises given the
people of a better economy during campaigns.
The protest is led by the popular musician, 2face
Although the planned protest had earlier on met
with stiff objection especially from the president’s
spokespersons (Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity, Femi Adesina and from the Specia
Assistant on Electronic Media, Mrs. Lauretta
Onochie), the Presidency has again assured
Nigerians that their rights to peaceful protest and
lawful assembly are the business of the
government to protect..
The Presidency also said that it is not against any
peaceful protest by Nigerians since such is the
right given to them by the constitution.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting
President, Mr Laolu Akande who gave the
statement also said that government has no such
business as countering protests but rather has
the one of protecting them.
He said the Buhari-led government is very much
aware of the rights of the people and would
always protect them.
“Government is not in the business of countering
any protest, particularly, the Buhari Presidency.”
“We are very much aware of the rights of the
people and we want to protect the rights of the
people, that’s the business of the government. “.
Mr. Akande also said that the government is
absolutely not against anybody who wants to
exercise his or her rights especially those of
peaceful protest and assembly because she
knows that those rights are for the people and
must be exercised by the people.
“People have right to lawful assembly and lawful
protest and we are absolutely not against
anybody who wants to exercise their right to
freedom of assembly, and express whatever
grievances they have in a lawful way.”
This is sequel to the planned nationwide protest
by the popular musician, 2face Idibia who is
garnering support from supposed millions of like-
thinking Nigerians to protest the crippling
economic situation in the country come February
Although the federal government has said it won’t
prevent anybody from exercising their rights to
peaceful protest and assembly, the Lagos state
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni had
been quoted to have said the force would prevent
the protest from taking place on the pretext that
some hoodlums also planned on hijacking the
protest to cause mayhem.
Although the police commissioner has equally
said the force has dialogued with the organisers
of the planned protest and reached an agreement,
however, news still making the rounds say the
police is pleading with the African Queen crooner
to shelve the protest.
But 2face has voiced strongly that the protest
must go as planned.
The protest is supposed to coincide with the
resumption day of the President who has been in
U.K on a 10 days working leave.
Mr President’s leave has sparked controversy
ever since his departure from Nigeria for London
when rumours got the social media abuzz that he
was critically ill and may have even died of the
These rumours were debunked by the Presidency
and even Mr President himself had released a
photo of himself watching a news programme
about his country from his London room.
As Nigerians eagerly await the return of President
Buhari from his leave on Monday, his resumption
would be met with the protest against what the
organisers of the protest described as the
unfavourable economic policies Mr President’s
government has implemented which they think
have brought the economy to its knees.