Concerned Nigerians, a pro-democracy group committed to accountability, rule of law, good governance and the fight against corruption, has announced plans to commence a daily sit-out at the National Assembly in 18 days if the legislature fails to respond to the health conundrum of President Muhammadu Buhari as prescribed by the constitution.
In a statement released on Wednesday by its convener, Deji Adeyanju, and Secretary, Dr. John Danfulani, the group noted that Buhari has now been absent from office and from Nigeria for 72 days, and if the situation remains unchanged, it would commence the sit-outs on the 90th day of his absence.
It regretted the failure of the leadership of the National Assembly to launch an investigation or set up a panel to look into the true status of the President's health, adding the group believes the legislators have been compromised and are working with an infamous cabal in the executive branch against the Nigerian people.
“The Leadership of the National Assembly must choose between the Nigerian people and the cabal,” Concerned Nigerians declared. “72 days is too long for a Commander-in-Chief to be away from his country without any explanation to the people that voted him.”
The group affirmed that if Mr. Buhari has become incapacitated, he should do the honorable thing and resign, because he cannot continue to hold the country to ransom.
“We hereby demand that the National Assembly invoke Section 144 sub Section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution and direct the setting up of a medical panel in conjunction with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to ascertain whether the President is incapacitated,” the statement continued.
“If the President is found with any infirmity that renders him incapable of discharging his duties, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall officially declare him incapable of discharging his duties and declare his office vacant as prescribed in subsection 2 of section 143,” Concerned Nigerians declared.