- Title: Dozens protest in Nigeria, demand president Buhari's return or resignation
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: ABUJA, NIGERIA (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS MARCHING OVER BRIDGE PROTESTER RIDING ON A MOTORBIKE SECURITY PERSONNEL WALKING BY PROTESTERS WITH SOME ON HORSE BACK VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING WHILE CARRYING BANNERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CONVENER, COALITION IN DEFENCE OF NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY AND CONSTITUTION, DEJI ADEYANJU, SAYING: "I'm asking what is wrong with our president? And even if they do return him back again how do we know that the president is fit to continue in office so those are the issues and the questions that everybody is asking. They are on the lips of every Nigerian. We are asking that Nigerians do not only demand answers. Nigerians need to know that their president is well and that for a fact their president can continue in office. So basically that's why we are here and it's going to be a daily thing until our president comes back." SECURITY PERSONNEL WALKING AHEAD OF PROTESTERS PROTESTERS MARCHING AND SINGING PROTESTERS MARCHING / HOLDING UP BANNERS SECURITY WALKING AHEAD OF PROTESTERS SECURITY STOPPING PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CONVENER, COALITION IN DEFENCE OF NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY AND CONSTITUTION, ARIYO-DARE ATOYE, SAYING: "We are not in animal farm, this is a nation governed by law and rule of law and that is why we have come out. Out of pain and out of concern for this nation that indeed we have to free Nigeria from the burden of the Praetorian Guard, those who place no values on our development and our future, those who place no value on human development, those who place no value on the security and stability of this nation and that is why we are here today." POLICE VEHICLE BLOCKING ROAD WITH PROTESTERS AND SECURITY PERSONNEL LINED ON OTHER SIDE PROTESTER STANDING AND CHANTING IN FRONT OF SECURITY CORDON PROTESTERS DELIVERING SPEECHES IN FRONT OF SECURITY PROTESTERS LISTENING TO SPEECHES HANDS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNERS FACE OF PROTESTER LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIAN ACTIVIST, CHARLES OPUTA, SAYING: "Is it normal that the president can be away for three months, nobody is saying anything? Nobody knows anything, nobody knows what the problem is. Meanwhile there's great stagnation, there's poverty, there's hopelessness in the country and we all carry on as if everything is alright? No it's not." WIDE OF PROTESTERS BY THE ROADSIDE / SECURITY STANDING VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICER SEATED ON A HORSE PROTESTERS DEMONSTRATING
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 15:06
- Keywords: Muhammadu Buhari medical leave in Britain protests in Abuja vice president Yemi Osinbajo Nigeria politics
- Location: ABUJA, NIGERIA / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: ABUJA, NIGERIA / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5R22V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protesters in Nigeria's capital Abuja took to the streets on Monday (August 7) to protest against president Muhammadu Buhari's long absence from the job.
It's been three months since the president left Nigeria for medical leave in Britain and resentment is growing across the country.
Dozens of protesters marched to the presidential villa in the country's capital on Monday, chanting and holding signs with a simple message: "Resume or resign - Nigerians say enough is enough."
The president is on his second medical leave so far this year, the majority of which he has spent being treated for an undisclosed ailment in London.
A thin-looking Buhari was last seen in Nigeria on state television in May welcoming a group of 82 Chibok girls released by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, just hours before he flew to Britain to begin his medical leave.
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