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Security agents disrupt pro-Buhari rally in Abuja

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja   |   15 February 2017   |   5:00 am

A rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari administration organised by the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative in Abuja …yesterday. PHOTO: LUCY LADIDI ELUKPO.

• President will outlive enemies, says SGF

A rally held yesterday in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was disrupted by over 100 security personnel.The protesters, comprising young and old people, had converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, from where they later marched to the Presidential Villa to register their support for the government of Buhari.

The development underscores the support of many Nigerians the president still enjoys despite the protests against his administration across the country last week over the state of the economy.

The protesters were, however, stopped just before the first gate of the villa by heavily armed security agents who insisted the rally must not go beyond the vicinity of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) where they were forced to stop.

While an argument, which ensued between the conveners and the security personnel lasted for about two hours, more soldiers and armoured police vehicles were drafted to the scene. But this could not deter the protesters as they insisted to be addressed by the authorities in the villa.

Shortly after, they made a return to their takeoff ground at the Unity Fountain where a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu addressed them.

Shehu had not completed his solidarity speech when the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal also arrived at the scene, apologising for the action of the security personnel.

While addressing the rally, Lawal said: “President Buhari will outlive those wishing him dead.” He attributed the anti-Buhari protests to those who looted the nation dry and are now bent on causing confusion despite the president’s efforts to redirect the country on the path of genuine development.

“The government of the day is encouraged by such support from patriotic Nigerians. With such solidarity, the government is being gingered to do more in the interest of all.”

He told the people that Buhari did not anticipate the degree of the current challenges bedeviling the country, expressing optimism that Nigerians would start reaping the full dividends of democracy in every form in a year’s time, even as he called for more support for the government to fight corruption to the finish.

The convener of the rally, Moses Abdulahi described the gathering as the most patriotic stance taken by those present, saying it couldn’t have come at a better date.Abdullahi attributed the current economic hardship to the level of corruption witnessed under the previous administration.


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  • kalu9909

    Helo Mr Babachair, please tell Buhari and APC to take us back to 2015. If 2015 was Jonathan’s era, please take us back to that year. If it was Buhari’s era, please take us back to 2015. We want to go back to 2015 and start afresh from there with a president that would improve from there and not a president that would destroy the gains of 2015. The Jonathan era was far better than Buhari era. There is nothing on the ground to show for your government achievement after 2 years, but you are here campaigning for re-election of man who is not electable again. You talk about corruption, but you are the face of corruption in this government. and the chain of corruption is hanging on your neck. Nobody has any more confidence in your government. Nigerians have lost confidence, the international community has lost confidence, the naira has lost confidence, the economy has lost confidence, dollars have lost confidence. Please, please with Buhari to come back and complete his remaining 2 years before you talk about re-electing him for another 4 years.

  • Arit Bassey

    Nigeria I hail thee………..Political Drama 2.0

  • vic

    THESE ARE FAKE PRO-BUHARI DEMNSTRATIONS AND PAID FOR BY MALAM SHEHU GARBAGE AND THE GRASS CUTTER CONTRACTOR, SGF BABACHIR LAWAL, THE BIG POODLE OF BUHARI.

    THE DEMONSTRATORS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR BETWEEN N500= TO N5000= DEPENDING UPON DEMONSTRATORS’ ROLE IN THE RALLIES.

    SO MY FELLOW GOOD NIGERIANS, DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE SO-CALLED PRO-BUHARI DEMONSTRATIONS. THIS IS ALL FAKE AND FIXED, CONSIDERING THAT MOST NIGERIANS WISH BUHARI DEAD.

    BUHARI HAS STARVED THE POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA, THE UNEMPLOYED YOUTH AND THE OLD AGE PENSIONERS.

    WRATH AND CURSE OF POOR MASSES OF NIGERIA IS NOW ON BUHARI.

    SO FAR NIGERIANS ARE CONCERNED, BUHARI IS ALREADY DEAD AND BURIED.

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