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#ResumeOrResign: Presidency reacts to attack on Charly Boy, others at Wuse market

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The presidency on Wednesday criticised the #ResumeOrResign protesters led by Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, for taking the protest to a sensitive place like the popular Wuse market in Abuja.

The presidency described the protest at the market as self-centred and ethnicised.

The protest calling on president Muhammadu Buhari who has been in London on medical vacation for over 100 days to either resume work or resign his position.

It will be recalled that the protesters were attacked on Tuesday at the market by some youths believed to be president Muhammadu Buhari’s supporters during which Charly boy was given a chase.

But the police quick intervention prevented him and others from being lynched by the mob.

It was gathered that the market was subsequently shut down and was reopened on Wednesday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, addressed a pro-Buhari group from the Niger-Delta region which staged a rally in Abuja on Wednesday, to counter the #ResumeOrResign protesters.

It was gathered that the protesters were accompanied by security operatives to the Presidential Villa where they demonstrated their support for the president and they were received by the presidential media aide and his colleague, Garba Shehu.

Adesina, while addressing the protesters on behalf of the presidency, condemned the Wuse market protests, saying what happened on Tuesday at the market was an attempt to ‘ethnicise the protest.’

“We are not for ethnic cleavages, we are for one Nigeria. Anybody that attempted to ethnicise protests failed. Because everyone has a right to protest and ethnicity is not something that should be introduced to protest.”

“Taking a protest to the market in the first place was wrong, so whoever took the protest to the market place was the one that attempted to make it get out of hand,” he added.

Mr. Adesina added that the presidency noticed that “some people have made efforts to create ethnic cleavages in the country but that what the people from the Niger Delta region did today has reinforced faith that Nigeria will remain one.”
He said the message of his audience would be conveyed to Mr. Buhari.

Johnny Michael, convener of the group, said they were fully in support of the president and wished him recovery.

According to him, “We the youth from the Niger Delta are coming to let every Nigerian know that the president has our total support and he has done well for us.

“Those people protesting for the resignation of the president are anti-party people, they are people that are being sponsored by the opposition party”.

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