A coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the banner of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Good Governance (CCSOGG) have passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and his abilities to continue to steer the affairs of state despite his current health challenge.
Arising from a two day consultative meeting, the over 40 CSOs in a communique also expressed worry over what it said was unnecessary distraction from the issue of governance over the health of the President, stressing that Buhari has mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to carry out the necessary state assignments as required by law.
The communique which was signed jointly by Rev Steven Onwu,
Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee; Joyce Adamu
Secretary, CDC and Asogo Venatius Torkuma, a member of the drafting committee urged Nigerians to stand by the President despite all odds as the country needs him to carry on with the surgical operations that most sectors are undergoing under him.
While urging Nigerians to shun falsehood surrounding the state of the President’s health, the coalition accused some people of planting fake news about President Buhari’s health in the cyberspace for the very intent of later citing them as the source of their information to misinform Nigerians about President Buhari’s health.
According to the communique, the coalitions have observed that no organ of state is suffering directly or indirectly as a result of Mr President’s health situation, adding that the able appointees of Mr President are running the various aspects they are entrusted with successfully.
The communique reads partly, “the meeting, following extensive deliberations resolved as follow:
To call for prayers and urge Nigerians to do same so that God will grant the President quick recovery and the country healing from the wounds inflicted by saboteurs.
“Urge Nigerians to stand by the President despite all odds as the country needs him to carry on with the surgical operations that most sectors are undergoing under him.
“Caution those spreading falsehood to desist from such especially in view of the negative consequences their action can have on citizens’ morale nationwide. Reactions based on this falsehood, like pressuring the President to proceed on medical leave, must be discontinued. Nigerians should only respond base on facts as conjectures would only complicate things for the country.
Admonish those waiting in the wings to cash in on a situation that will never happen and counsel them to go and recover their humanity since it is sinful to wish another human being evil or death.”
Some of the representatives of the 40 CSOs included the New Initiative for Credible Leadership, the Advocates of Social Justice for All, Lawyers of Mercy, Media Without Border, Beyond Leadership Legacy Foundation, among others