A youth group has told Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari to resign or form an interim government following his 53 day absence from office.
The group, Nigerian Youth Advocate for Justice, has given Buhari eight weeks to comply. Failure to that will see the youth group lead seven million youths from 22 states to force him out
Group’s chairman, Seriki Olorunwa, said the president health issues have made it impossible for him to rule the country effectively.
“We urge the Senate, House of Representatives, State House of Assemblies and parastatals to persuade Mr. President to resign and hand over interim power in the interest of Nigerians,” Olorunwa said.
The youths have pledged to fight than live as slaves. “We are speaking with one voice for the masses because we want the progress of the people.”
The group also said that Buhari’s All Progressive Congress (APC) had subjected Nigerians to humiliation because of its self-serving activities. They observed that killing, kidnapping, and robbery had become the order of the day in the oil-rich nation.
However, APC through its chairman John Odigie-Oyegun on June 30 denied the president is on life support machine and assured the citizens the president is recovering well.
He added Buhari will return to the country when his doctors abroad dim it fit for him to travel back.
Meanwhile, according to media reports, the wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari is set to travel to London on Tuesday to check on the ailing president.
Buhari left the capital Abuja on May 7 and handed power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo. This is the second time the president has been on a medical leave this year, following an absence in January where he was absent for 49 days.
To date, no official statement has been released on the actual illness or condition of 74-year old Buhari.