By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Less than a week after the nation was awash with pro and anti-government protests in some cities, another group has come up with yet fresh plans to hold President rallies, this time in support of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
A coalition of pro-Buhari organisations on the platform of Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN), yesterday said it would mobilise Nigerians across all walks of life to come out for a mega rally tagged: ‘I Support President Buhari,’ to be held across the major cities of Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and Kano this week.
According to the organisers of the event, such show of support for a leader like President Buhari has become necessary for doing what they consider as right things.
A statement signed by the co-convener of the nationwide rally, Moses Abdullahi, said the rally for President Buhari would take place in Abuja on Tuesday and Thursday, Kaduna and Kano on Wednesday while it would end on Thursday in Lagos.
The statement explained that before the emergence of President Buhari, “Nigeria, our beloved country, the greatest black nation on earth, has been a shadow of itself for the past 16 years. As a people, we witnessed the systemic looting and raping of our collective resources and consciousness by a few, with far reaching psychological damages which has rendered us bitter, bruised, battered and hopeless.
“Nigeria today is a nation undergoing rebirth. A people seeking a new path to higher attainment. A diverse community where a new awakening of self discovery can bring about a better economy for us all.”
In what seemed like a reprisal protests against earlier ones on hardships in the land, and being orchestrated by the coalition of Buhari Support Groups, the fresh protest intends to counter whatever negative aspersions that may have been generated in the minds of Nigerians.
The group in the statement said: “We have a leader who we all know is different. We know he will not steal our resources. We know he will not sleep until things are made right for us and our children. We know he means well. What then must we do to help get it right faster?
“We must support President Buhari because with him, it can only get better. Our economy today is in chaos not because of him, but because of the lies and deceit of 16years he inherited.
“Buhari is not out for quick fix measures, he is out to make sure the foundation of this Change is well laid such that even in the next 100 years, we will never suffer what we have gone through before today. The pains and agony of today are temporary. If we rally round President Buhari and support him, we will ensure all the enemies of our progress and agents of corruption (who only want thing to continue like before) will be shamed and exposed.”
The group said despite the criticism, President Buhari’s government has given the anti-corruption agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the judiciary, the liberty to fully launch offensives against corruption and its agents. His government has defeated Boko Haram and working tirelessly to fix the economy in a short while, even the image of the country in international community has changed for better.
While calling on all Nigerians and especially, those who believe in what the president stands for, to come out en-mass and show theur undying love for Buhari-led government, the organiser said: “No matter your tribe, religion or political affiliation, this is about our collective interest. Its about our future. It is about our country Nigeria”