A group operating under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerians, has given President Muhammadu Buhari, 2 weeks ultimatum to return to Nigeria and vacate his office, or face mass protest that has been slated for March 18.
Recall, that Buhari had been on an indefinite medical vacation to the United Kingdom, UK, since January 19.
The statement signed on Sunday by the leader of the group, Deji Adeyanju, reads:
“Today – March 5, 2017 – marks 46 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from his office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and from the country as a whole on a medical vacation in the United Kingdom. During this period, he has not made any public appearances and has only clandestinely “communicated” with very few people.
“Furthermore, details of President Buhari’s health status have been kept away from the generality of Nigerians, while his media team and other members of his cabinet/party make conflicting comments regarding his health.
“We acknowledge that during this period, President Buhari has satisfied constitutional requirements by transmitting letters to the National Assembly, handing power over to his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on an acting capacity.
“However, during this period President Buhari has created a constitutional dilemma by carrying out official functions. On February 13, 2017, in a capacity as President of Nigeria, he spoke to President Donald Trump of the United States with respect to bilateral relations between the two countries.
“On Thursday March 2nd, 2017 again in a capacity as President of Nigeria President Buhari spoke to the King of Morocco with respect to bilateral relations between the two countries as well as Morocco’s application to become a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“These actions, as well as President Buhari’s continued vacation, constitute a constitutional dilemma capable of destabilising the country. President Buhari’s insistence on performing the functions of President after having transmitted power to Acting President Osinbajo in effect creates de-facto and de-jure, which does not bode well for the country.
“To this end, we urge President Buhari to return to the country on or before the 60th day after which he left the country (15 days from today) failing which we will begin a series of peaceful processions across the country aimed at sensitizing the public as to the legal & constitutional dilemma created by President Buhari’s continued absence from office and his insistence on performing official functions while away.”
The fresh ultimatum comes on the heels of an earlier one issued by the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, which called on the Presidency, through the office of Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, to within 74 hours disclose to Nigerians what was ailing Buhari.
Post-Nigeria recalled, that in its February 8 letter, entitled: “Request for information on President Muhammadu Buhari’s health status”, the SNG had also threatened to take all necessary legitimate and legal steps should their request be ignored
The SNG’s ultimatum has since expired without any signs that the group may have proceeded with its threats.
The SNG was among the several groups that led the popular push to have the then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, to be made substantive Head of State, when it became rather too obvious that ailing President Musa Yar’Adua, would not be fit to return to power