From Linus Oota, Lafia
Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Good Governance has claimed that some prominent Nigerians are currently plotting what it termed ‘civilian coup’ against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group added that the president is still fit to continue to steer the affairs of state despite his current health challenge.
The group, at a two day Consultative General Assembly held, in Abuja, during the week stated that since the president has not told anybody he is unfit to lead, no one should force him out of power.
Representatives of 40 CSOs, which included the New Initiative for Credible Leadership, the Advocates of Social Justice for All, Lawyers of Mercy, Media Without Border, Beyond Leadership Legacy Foundation, described the calls for Buhari’s resignation as distraction to the current government.
The groups, in a statement jointly signed by its Secretary, Joyce Adamu Secretary and Rev Steven Onwu Chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee, passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari to continue to oversee the nation’s political affairs.
The statement said, “In the past days, several notable persons have breached decorum to make demands that have no anchor in the Nigerian Constitution (as amended) like asking the president to resign.
“These calls are equivalent of civilian coup attempts since they are aimed at forcing President Buhari out of office over ill health that can befall anyone. The people making the demands based such on hearsay and rumors published as exclusive stories by less than credible online sites,” the statement added.
The statement further noted that no organ of state is currently suffering directly or indirectly as a result of Buhari’s health situation, adding that able appointees of the president were running the various aspects they are entrusted with successfully, stressing that Buhari has mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to carry out the necessary state assignments as required by law.
While calling on Nigerians to continue to pray for Buhari for quick recovery, the groups warned some them against spreading false story on the health of the president.
“We urge Nigerians to pray so that God will grant the President quick recovery and the country healing from the wounds inflicted by saboteurs.
“We also want to caution those spreading falsehood to desist from such especially in view of the negative consequences their action can have on citizens’ morale nationwide.
“Reactions based on this falsehood, like pressuring the president to resign must be discontinued. Nigerians should only respond base on facts as conjectures would only complicate things for the country,” the group warned