An international human rights organisation has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and pave way for the acting president Yemi Osinbajo to be confirmed as substantive president.
The organisation, Opinion Nigeria, said it was important, in the interest of the country, for President Buhari to tender his resignation letter without delay.
Opinion Nigeria said President Buhari’s medical trip to London came to Nigerians as a shock considering the state of nation in the New Year.
President of Opinion Nigeria, Jeff Okoroafor, in a petition to Buhari said the response by the presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina that Buhari was on a short leave was the beginning of an unending tale.
Okoroafor said Buhari’s trip has left the Vice President in an acting capacity for too long.
He said Nigeria is in dire need of affirmative actions to put things in the right perspective for 2017.
Okoroafor said: “Although there seem to be a general assumption that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is acting in the place of the president as such no vacuum is created in the system. But, we are quite aware that there are so many pending issues on the desk of Mr. President that awaits his return.
“We cannot be operating in secrecy at the presidential level expecting the information hungry Nigerians to keep mute. We have the right to know what is happening and we are committed to a functional and operational Nigeria which is not halted for any political gains or satisfaction,” Okoroafor said.
“Based on this, we call for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari quoting his health as the reason to fully function as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, followed swiftly with the immediate confirmation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a substantive President of the country.
“We hope that this petition will reach deserving authorities in good faith, understanding that the urgency of this request is born out of the desire to salvage the country from total collapse. We pray and urge that this letter will be treated without prejudice or sentiment from whatever sphere of reasoning,” he said.
“As the days on vacation recede, Nigerians yearn insistently to know the circumstances surrounding the president’s seemingly emergency exit from the country. It is ponderous to put on record that this so-called all important vacation was coming at a point when the country’s economy was demanding the innovation or yet still budgetary intervention to ameliorate the sufferings of many Nigerians.
The organizations said the social media in Nigeria is already awashed with stories competing for public attention over the reason for the trip.
He said the stories which have also expanded with time has sparked up fear and tension on the possibility of President Buhari’s inability to respond to treatment at the London Hospital.
“The presidency so far has come up with conflicting versions of comments to diffuse the tension but their words further rambled the suspicion of most Nigerians who requested that the president relay a video to Nigerians assuring them that he was hale and hearty but, he never succumbed,” Okoroafor said.