Security agents yesterday averted what would have been a bloody clash between two groups protesting for and against President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.
Trouble started when the #ResumeOrResign group protest led by Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, was disrupted by members of a group sympathetic to President Buhari. Mr. Oputa’s group had started its rally on Monday to protest the prolonged medical vacation of the president in London. It said it would hold the rally until the 100th day of the president’s departure from the country. President Buhari left Nigeria 96 days ago.
About 20 members of the group had gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, for the fifth day of the rally until the venue was invaded by members of the other group rallying in support of the anti-corruption fight of the president.
Dozens of youth in the pro-Buhari group stormed the venue chanting ‘Sai Baba Sai Baba’, forcing members of the Charly Boy-led group to beat a hurried retreat from the premises.
Security operatives however intervened quickly to avert a violent clash of the two groups. The convener of the pro-Buhari group, Goodluck Obi, was also seen yelling at the members of his group to avoid confrontation.