A former special assistant on social media to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Reno Omokri, has led some Nigerians in the United Kingdom to protest against the continued stay of President Muhammadu Buhari in a foreign country on health grounds.
Mr. Omokri staged the protest on Friday at the Abuja House, in London, were he believed the President is staying as part of his itinerary on his routine medical visit/checkup.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari departed the country for the UK on Tuesday night for a routine medical checkup with his doctors according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
In a video on his twitter handle, Omokri is seen urging the placard carrying co-protesters not to be intimidated by the presence of the police, saying that they should remain at the scene of the protest and be peaceful and non-violent.
Omokri said he travelled in a Nigeria Airways flight to stage the protest on empty stomach and urged Nigerians to play their part in sustaining the tempo to force President Muhammadu Buhari out of the United Kingdom.
He accused President Buhari of abandoning Nigeria for the UK for health reasons after failing to address the health situation at home.
Mr. Omokri also had an axe to grind with the President for purportedly sending armed soldiers to Lekki to shoot at unarmed protesters who were protesting against bad governance.
He repeatedly condemned the President for “rehabilitating members of Boko Haram who are killing people only to turn around and send Soldiers after peaceful protesters.”
For travelling out of Nigeria on the day doctors started a strike action, Reno Omokri expressed his displeasure at the President’s action while stressing that only five percent of Nigerians have access to doctors and wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari, who failed to develop the health sector in Nigeria, could come to another country to enjoy the best of their health system.
In their solidarity song, Reno Omokri and the protesters repeatedly sang that they are going to Abuja House to chase Buhari out of town (London).
“We are insisting that President Buhari must go back to Nigeria…I am proud of Nigeria but I am not proud of Nigerian leaders,” he said.
RovingNaija reports that the recent trip is the 12th in a series of trips to the United Kingdom by the President since he assumed office in 2015. His last trip to the UK was on April 25.