The Presidency has described the “Return or resign’’ group as an illegal assembly formed to frustrate the ongoing Federal Government’s campaign against corruption in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this when he addressed members of the Centre for Civil Society and Justice, CCSJ, at the precincts of the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
Members of the centre, a civil society coalition, staged a rally in support of President Muhammadu
Buhari, who is on medical vacation in London.
Mr. Shehu dismissed the “return or resign” agitation as an illegal assembly stealthily organised to deliver a body blow to the war against corruption. According to the presidential aide, any attempt to derail the war against corruption using subterfuge and bluff will not succeed.
Mr. Shehu praised members of the coalition and other Nigerians for rising against “the chaotic rout of protesters’’ who assembled at the Unity Fountain demanding the return of President Buhari, dismissing such demands as unlawful.
“They want to distract us. But what the Presidency wants to assure patriotic citizens is that the government will not bend.
“As far as the president is concerned, he has done the needful by handing the reins of authority to the Vice President. Since the law of the country does not give a time limit for the president’s return, it cannot be imposed by a sabre-rattling musician,’’ he added.