Omokri threatens to start #HarassBuhariOutofParis protest in France
Former presidential aide Rino Omokri threatened President Muhammad Bukhari.
He said he plans to start a protest in Paris, France, where Bukhari went on Sunday.
Last month, a #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon protester said he would be forced to initiate another #HarassBuhariOutofParis protest if the president does not return to the country where he is most needed.
PUNCH previously reported that Bukhari arrived in Paris on Sunday for a four-day official visit to attend the African financial summit, according to President’s spokesman Garba Shehu.
Shehu also said that the summit will focus on analyzing Africa’s economy in the wake of the shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic and how to get relief, especially with the countries’ soaring debt.
He added that the summit, which will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, will bring key stakeholders in global financial institutions and some heads of government to jointly discuss external financing and debt regime for Africa and private sector reform.
However, Omokri, in a statement entitled “Nigeria needs Bukhari, not France,” said the president should return to Nigeria to deal with the country’s deteriorating security situation.
The statement partly stated: “Since the Africa-France summit was postponed due to COVID-19 and General Bukhari was informed why he still went to Paris? This is the question the Nigerians want to answer.
“I remind Bukhari that Nigeria is drifting and if it does not return to Abuja to stop the drift, I may have to travel to Paris for #HarassBuhariOutofParis.”
“It is clear that now is not the time for Bukhari to make his way to Paris or London to see his doctors.
“If he is too sick to remain in office, then he should step down and allow good hands to continue Nigeria’s work,” he added.
The President was in London, UK, for over two weeks last month. The president went for a medical examination while doctors were on strike at home in Nigeria.
Bukhari’s “short break” at London’s Abuja House was marked by the #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon protest organized by Omokri.
Soon a counter-protest or solidarity protest was organized in support of the President of Nigeria, and what could be called an absurd drama ensued.
While the #HarassBuhariOutOfLondon protesters wanted the president to return to the country and restore healthcare in particular, the solidarity protesters believed the president had the right to seek medical care abroad.
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