The Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria (FONGON) on Tuesday said the campaign against a second term in office for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 was being orchestrated by those who have looted the treasury.
The forum said it has uncovered a plot by some economic saboteurs to demonise Buhari and hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians to vote against the president.
It however said the 200 NGOs in the forum would fight to the finish to ensure that Buhari continues in office.
FONGON made its position known in a letter date February 6 to Buhari which was read at a mass rally at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to kick-start a nationwide mobilisation support for the president.
The letter, which was read by the National Coordinator of FONGON, Wole Badmus, said the NGOs came together to â€œserve as a counter-voice to the nay sayers and looters who are increasingly dominating the polity.â€
FONGON said: â€œMr. President, we have chosen to come out this time because there seems to be an orchestrated and well-choreographed campaign going on across the country at the moment to demonise Buhari administration and hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians into believing that the administration has achieved nothing since assuming office.
â€œThe looters, economic saboteurs and unpatriotic fellows are feeling the heat of Buhari administrationâ€™s fight against corruption.
â€œThey are earnestly yearning for a return to the immediate unedifying past in which the national treasury became the piggy bank of a few.
â€œThey also want to pave the way for the return of the same people who brought the country to where it was before you assumed office.
â€œYour excellency, the recent spate of letter and memo writing is not an accident. We believe it is aimed at discouraging you from running for a constitutionally-guaranteed second term which they are afraid will put Nigeria on irreversible path of probity, prudence and progress.
â€œWe believe there will be more letters and more voices urging you not to run. And we urge you (Mr. President) not to heed such calls. Those who are for you are more than those who are against you.
â€œThat is why we have decided to come out. We are concerned that unless an urgent action is taken, the voices of these people, whom we believe are being sponsored by looters and their ilk, may become the dominant voices.â€
In spite of the criticism of the President, FONGON insisted that Buhari had been doing well.
The forum added: â€œMr. President, your administration is putting Nigeria on a solid footing. We believe you have what it takes to do it but that all Nigerians must give you their unalloyed support because it will not be an easy task. After all, it is easy to destroy than to build.
â€œWe (members of the FONGON) will match the naysayersâ€™ propaganda for propaganda, memo for memo, and rally for rally. We will go from door-to-door, house-to-house, city-to-city and state-to-state to let Nigerians know the good work that your administration is doing.
â€œAs we say never again to the enemies of the nation, looters and criminals taking charge of our nationâ€™s affairs, we pray that Allah would continue to strengthen, guide and protect you. We urge God to give you more wisdom and good health to pilot the affairs of this great nation.
It asked Buhari to ignore calls not to vie for second term in office.