Pro-Buhari Protest: Presidency denies hiring people

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Pro-Buhari protesters in Abuja

The Special Adviser to the President on Political
Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, has dismissed the assertion that the
presidency sponsored the group of Nigerians that embarked on solidarity
protests in support of the Buhari-led government.

Ojudu
stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents
shortly after addressing the pro-President Buhari protesters at the
Federal Secretariat/Supreme Court Junction of main entrance of the
Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday.
He
said that the presidency was not in the habit of hiring people for
protest marches, saying that all those who participated in the
pro-Buhari protest were die-hard supporters of the president.
“I
was working in my office when I was called to go and receive them, just
the way we also received the BringBackOurGirls’ protesters last time.
“This
presidency does not give money to anybody. This is not our tradition,
is not our culture to buy protest or induce people to do any.
“You
will be surprised the day President Buhari is coming back to see the
millions of people that will go to the airport to welcome him,’’
he said.
Ojudu
dismissed the insinuation that the presidency deliberately shunned the
coalition of civil society organisations demanding that Buhari “resumes
duty or resigns.
The presidential aide,
however, expressed the readiness of the presidency to talk to the
coalition if they indicated interest to do so.
He said: ”If
they decide to talk to us we talk to them. This group has a special
message for the acting president and they wrote to us that they were
coming and we received them.
“Those ones never informed us of anything. They were just doing their own protests and that was it.’’
Speaking
while addressing the pro-Buhari protesters, Ojudu alerted Nigerians on
the activities of some elements that had ganged up against the President
Buhari-led administration.
He,
therefore, charged the pro-Buhari protesters to join hands with other
well meaning Nigerians to stand up against those elements who are bent
on frustrating the ongoing developmental efforts of the federal
government.
“President Buhari stands
for anti-corruption. Buhari is not selfish, is not fighting for himself
and the elements who are selfish; who are greedy and corrupt they are
standing up and are coming together against him.
`”You have to mobilise and educate people across Nigeria to stand up against these people.’’
Ojudu,
however, challenged members of the pro-Buhari group on the need to
conduct themselves peacefully and shun any act capable of causing social
unrest.

The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters, who were in
their hundreds, presented a letter of solidarity to the acting President
through Ojudu.

The pro-Buhari
protesters, who came from different states of the federation, had
earlier stormed the Unity Fountain, Abuja, singing solidarity songs in
support of President Buhari

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