President Muhammadu Buhari will not resign from his post despite growing protests by civil Civil society groups that he should return home from London where he is recuperating or resign, the presidency declared yesterday.
There were sit-out protests in some cities across the country and in London yesterday demanding Buhari who has spent about 90 days in London as a result of undisclosed ill health to resign from his office.
But Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said told journalists in Abuja that Buhari has not breached any law.
Buhari left Nigeria on May 7th to London on medical vacation and he transmitted power to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who he said should step into his shoes in acting capacity pending the time of his return.
Shehu said: “Those making the calls are exercising their rights in line with the constitution of this country. Of what use, or value is a democracy in which citizens cannot embark on peaceful protests? So we respect their right to convene or undertake peaceful protest.
“On the call for the President to resign or disclose whatever, I think they are stepping outside the laws of this country. Anyone conversant with the constitution of this country will have noticed or seen that Mr. President has complied 100 percent with the requirements of the constitution of this country.
“He has handed over power to the vice president as required by the constitution and the vice president is carrying out the affairs of this country. He is undertaking activities of government in line with the constitution in a way that the President himself has given words of commendation.
“So the President has not breached any law. What he has done is perfectly in line with the constitution and people are looking for things to say. I think they should do their research very well.”