2019: Hundreds protest over Buhari’s health, ask NASS to invoke constitutional provisions

Wale Elegbede

Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of Good Governance Campaign (GGC) yesterday staged a protest in Lagos, seeking that the National Assembly should invoke Section 144 of the 1999 Constitution by setting up team of medical experts to look into the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that Nigeria as a country is sick politically, economically, among others because it’s president was also sick.

The protesters, who were decked in T-shirt, with the inscription: ‘Section 144 in front and ‘Presidency not a sick bay’ gathered at the old Toll Gate along Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway to make their demand as they also sang various solidarity songs. They insisted that President Buhari was sick and unfit to continue to govern the country, saying that such incapacity on his part had accounted for why Nigeria was equally sick economically, politically and socially, even as they urged the citizens to rise up and take their destiny in their hands and not allow some cabal to hijack the country. Addressing newsmen, President, Campaign for Democracy (CD), Comrade Abdul Usman Bako, said the call on the National Assembly to effect the provisions of Section 144 of the 1999 Constitution became imperative because Buhari was no longer fit to pilot the affairs of the country, recalling that he had shown this failing health during his campaign outings. According to Bako, who lamented that Nigeria was currently at a crossroad; Buhari stumbled at the campaign rallies in Kogi and Kaduna, accusing some cabal of insisting that President Buhari should continue in office for their own selfish interest. “Mr. President is not fit in all the campaigns he has been attending. In Kogi, he almost stumbled, in Kaduna, he almost stumbled. We are calling on the National Assembly to effect the provisions of Section 144 of the Constitution to let us know the true health status of our President.

“Nigeria is at crossroads; let’s be brave; let’s be dogged in this movement,” the CD president said, pointing out that he had to come down to Lagos from his base in the North to be part of the protest. Deputy President of Campaign for Democracy (CD), Comrade Adebayo, while also lamenting that the country’s economy was sick, among others, declared that, “we cannot afford to have this president again.”