- The recent visit of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to President Muhammadu Buhari in London is still generating reactions
- The Coalition for Sustainable Democracy has weighed in on the situation
- The group warned that surreptitious moves by some government officials to undermine President Buhari will be resisted
A civil society group, Coalition for Sustainable Democracy, has issued a warning to federal government officials reportedly making clandestine moves to undermine President Buhari.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by its chairman, Mohammed Yakubu, the group said those planning to take government through the back door will be resisted.
They stated that they are keenly following developments in the polity and vowed to do everything within their powers to protect the current democratic system in the country.
They expressed delight with Osinbajo's visit to President Buhari, stressing that it is a positive development with good implications.
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“One of the symbolisms of the Osinbajo visit to London is that it shows that there is only one government in our country and that is the Buhari administration.
“The people who are pretending and making it look like there is an Osinbajo government different from the constitutionally elected government of Buhari now have to take a cue and stop the dirty, divisive game.
“These divisive elements creating a wrong impression and behaving as if Buhari no longer matters had better remember that any mortal being can fall ill. In fact, illness is a physical demonstration of the mortality of all human beings.
“By visiting his principal in London to discuss crucial state matters to ensure that he and the president are on the same page, Osinbajo has sent a right signal that his supporters, particularly the hawks among them who are now behaving as if Buhari is gone for good and that a new government is in place, have to take serious.
“These supporters and palace jesters have specialized in inciting members of the public against some elements in government both at the presidency and the National Assembly.
“Every day, they sponsor malicious and dirty propaganda against some people in the presidency they now label as members of 'the cabal'. They have also not spared members of the legislative arm,” the group alleged.
The group warned that the activities of some people close to Osinbajo constitute more dangers to the peace and unity of our nation than the various ethnic agitations and even Boko Haram insurgency.
They stated that these groups and individuals are not in any way helping the acting president, adding that their actions and posturing will create more problems for him (Osinbajo).
“It is therefore in the best interest of the acting president to call to order this war-mongers baying for the blood of all those perceived as outsiders to their camp in the executive and legislature.
“These people are daily doing political damage to the acting president and we eagerly await how they want to carry on in this manner while giving Osinbajo the platform and right atmosphere to effectively perform the job assigned to him by his principal.
“While we call for a stop to this craze, let us make it clear that nobody can stampede President Buhari out of power or out of this world. He is the man the country gave the mandate to direct the affairs of the country till 2019. Almighty Allah is the owner of every life,” the statement said.
The group expressed optimism that with the prayers of the majority of the people, President Buhari will serve out his term and will even run for second term.
They however warned that, “In the event that anything happens to Buhari, with the way this Osinbajo crowd is carrying on, the North would react.
“The people in the North would find it difficult to relate with the fact that the group whose members did not give support to the ailing president when it matters most are taking over through the back door with a view to ride roughshod over every other person.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders are not happy with the current bickering between the National Assembly and the presidency.
The party leaders have resolved to intervene in the situation threatening to tear the party apart.
The major reason for the feud is the confirmation of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
In the interview below with NAIJ.com TV, APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank warns the ruling party to resolve its internal bickering before 2019.