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The senate yesterday throws it weight behind president buhari’s
decision of seeking medical leave abroad asking protesters to leave the
president alone as he had not violated any law.



It affirm that the president, before his medical trip to the
united kingdom, had complied with every provisions of the law which indicate
informing the national Assembly of his vacation and transmitting power to the
vice president. The senate in reaction to protest through its chairman media
and publicity committee  headed by
senator Sabi Abdullahi  monitored by
urban express news correspondent, advised protesters against overheating the
polity with what it described as unreasonable demands culpable of attracting
violence, appeal that it should be shelved.
‘’This protest could divert attention of the federal government
from its efforts at tackling the economics and security issues it is facing.
Nigerians should know that the president has not broken any law and the reason
we are throwing our weight behind him president buhari’’. There is no
justification for this diversion and noise making, he submits’’
Senator Sabi denied claim of Resume or Resign protesters that
the president’s absence had created a vacuum and disrupted the workings of
government, saying the national assembly are satisfied that there is no vacuum,
the federal government is working where Acting president Yemi Osinbajo is
providing the needed leadership therefore, no reason for any protest’’.
Accordingly, ‘’All Nigerians should Endeavour to pray for safe
return of the president.’’ We in the senate are happy about the outcome of
governors and leaders who recently visited president Muhammadu Buhari  in London and we know he will soon return to continue
to provide leadership to our people’’.
 “We,
therefore, call on the protesters to stop all these demonstrations and let
their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other
Nigerians to pray for the president, the acting president and Nigeria as

whole.
Some CSOs had in the past two days
besieged Abuja, demanding that the president either resumes duty immediately or
resigns his position.

The protest march, which was led by entertainment icon and activist, Mr.
Charles Oputa (Charley Boy)

and Deji Adeyanju,
however, took a new turn Tuesday as the police dispersed it, firing tear gas at
the protesters that had gathered at their Unity Fountain, Abuja rendezvous.
The police explained later in the day that it disrupted the protest to
forestall the breakdown of law and order.

 “I
am disappointed in this country. But let it be known that no amount of
intimidation on us by security agencies will deter us from demanding
explanations from the government,” he said, adding: “They must be accountable
to Nigerians because they were elected into power by us, and it is on this
basis that they will account for their actions. We are tired of the back and
forth stories from the Presidency on Buhari’s whereabouts.”
The convener of ‘’our Mumu Don Do’’stated:
“Also, to compound the mess Nigerians are in, it is disheartening for the
Senate that ought to ask questions to be the very ones supporting such show of
shame. Indeed, the feeling out here based on their position is that they are
nothing but Buhari’s errand boys. I guess the Senate is desperate to please the
president. They have failed Nigerians when most needed.”
He said the position of the Bukola
Saraki-led Senate that the protesters should leave Buhari alone as he had
violated no law was outright ridiculous.

“Saraki’s position,” he contended, “is a desperate attempt to patronise the
president.”
 Meanwhile,the second day of the protest by campaigners urging Buhari to
resume work or resign had ended in pandemonium  after riot policemen fired tear gas canisters
and water canon to disperse the crowd.

The first protest held on Monday by the group that called itself ‘Concerned
Nigerians,’ was largely successful.
But they got more than they bargained
for in their resolve to resume the sit-in and even extend the protest to the
Presidential Villa when policemen disrupted the procession at the Millennium
Park and Unity Fountain in the Central Area of the federal capital.

In the process, many of the protesters, including Oputa were injured.
Two journalists from the stable of Silver Bird Television, Uyi Amadim and Femi,
were also brutalised along with Oputa.
He later fainted after inhaling teargas
but was revived by sympathisers, who poured water on him.

Subsequently, policemen neutralised the protest by preventing the protesters
from assembling at the Unity Fountain.
They also stopped the group from proceeding further to the National Assembly
gate and the State House.
But the leader of Concerned Nigerians,
Mr. Deji Adeyanju, accused the police of high-handedness and said no amount of
police assault would deter the protesters from continuing on their call on the
president to either resume or resign.

He insisted that nobody in the country had the right to stop the citizens from
gathering.
Adeyanju said: “The president should resign if he is incapacitated. We are not
interested in the lies the cabal is telling.
“The police told us that they have an
order from above, claiming that our protest is embarrassing the government, and
we queried them to know who gave the order.

“Buhari is a complete servant and Nigerians have the right to ask questions
about the health of the person that is serving them.
“The cabal in Aso Rock cannot continue to take the president in and out of the
country at will, and continue to tell us lies.”
The police, however, said it dispersed the protesters to prevent the breakdown
of law and order.
According to the FCT Police Command
spokesperson, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, “In the early hours of today, 8th August,
2017 the Police intervened and prevented breakdown of law and order, and
disturbance of public peace in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja by
dispersing some miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements that have
infiltrated the protest being carried out by a group of concerned Nigerians
under the auspices of Our-Mumu-Don-do Movement at Unity Fountain, Maitama,
Abuja.
“It will be recalled that
‘Our-Mumu-Don-do Movement’ carried out their protest on Monday 7th August, 2017
at the same venue and were accorded necessary Police presence to safe guard
public safety and public peace, and protect their rights to freedom of
expression, rights to peaceful assembly and association, and right to freedom of
movement as provided for in sections 39, 40, and 41 of the 1999 constitution as
amended.
“However, yesterday 8th August, 2017 the
same group assembled at the same venue but allowed miscreants, hoodlums and
other unruly individuals to infiltrate the protests, who started blocking the
major roads adjoining the Unity fountain, obstructing traffic and preventing
movements of other innocent citizens from going to their means of livelihood,
and thereby exhibiting unruly behaviours and other violent acts very likely to
cause the breakdown of law and order and disturbance of public peace.”
Manzah explained that the police
personnel intervened at the point the Concerned Nigerians group lost control of
the crowd and prevented miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements from
hijacking the protest to cause mayhem and chaos.
He added: “It is pertinent to state here
that the FCT Police Command is fully aware and recognises the constitutional
rights of every citizen including ‘Our-Mumu-Don-Do Group’ to assemble and move
freely in any part of the Federal Capital Territory, but the command will not
allow any protest under any guise to turn violent and jeopardise the prevailing
peace, law and order currently being enjoyed in the FCT.

“The command wishes to assure all residents
and visitors to the territory of adequate security and protection of lives and
property of everyone including those who choose to express their constitutional
rights of protest with decorum.

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