Against the backdrop of persistent calls by a group of protesters for the resignation or resumption of the president, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, has said that attempts to derail the war against corruption will not succeed.
In a statement addressing members of the Center for Civil Society and Justice, a civil society coalition who staged a rally in support of the President in Abuja on Thursday, Mr Shehu dismissed the “return or resign” agitation describing it as an illegal assembly organised to derail the war against corruption.
He said, “They want to distract us, but what the Acting President wants to assure patriotic citizens is that the government will not bend.”
The presidential spokesman further noted in the statement that “as far the President is concerned, he has done the needful by handing the reins of authority to the vice president”.
He added, “Since the law of the country does not give a time limit for the president’s return, it cannot be imposed by a saber-rattling group or individual.
“By divine intervention, Muhammadu Buhari unexpectedly got elected with the ostensible mandate of reversing national decline and securing its future. He got into the villa through democratic victory at the election. Anybody desiring to replace him, whether you are a wrestler, a hairdresser or a musician, you should go through that process. In a democracy, threats don’t work.”