Some pro-Buhari groups under the aegis of the Conference of Patriotic Nigerians (CPN), yesterday faulted those protesting against the continued stay of President Muhammadu Buhari in London for medical treatment.
They dismissed such critics as cheap political merchants.
They also unfolded plans to stage mega walk to the Presidential Villa tomorrow.
The groups made its position known in a statement by the Secretary-General of the coalition, the Conference of Patriotic Nigerians (CPN), Ambassador I. A. Waiya.
The groups said its Solidarity Walk is “a sequel to the recent and unfortunate unfolding political happenings in Nigeria, with the central issue of the news peddled on the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
They said those condemning the medical trip were engaging in “an act which is maliciously and mischievously being promoted by some unpatriotic and unguided people, who do not even appreciate the collective responsibility of preserving the integrity of the Nigerian state as a project, and sadly patronized by the Nigerian media.
Their words: “It is therefore against this backdrop that, a good number of progressive and development organizations across the 36 states of the federation, have resolved to through a collective engagement of all other genuine political activists, true democrats and concerned Nigerians, to organize a Solidarity Walk in Abuja.
“This will serve as a mark of appreciation for the significant and unimaginable positive impacts the Buhari led government has made.
“It is meant to dissociate the right thinking and true Nigerians from unfounded and unjustified agitation for the unconditional and quick return of the President Buhari from his legitimate medical vacation in London
“The event is planned to hold on Monday (tomorrow) and is expected to be attended by over one hundred thousand Nigerians from and across the states of the federation and Abuja.”
The groups said members would walk to the Presidential Villa to present a position paper to Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo.