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Arans Tabaruka
Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in Paris, meets French President Emmanuel Macron on a four day. tour.

Story by Manfred Ekpe, Esq.


Nigerian citizens have asked the country’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to resign or be impeached for attending the Inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

The Nigerian citizens, especially those living in France, complained that Yemi had attended Ugandan President Museveni’s inauguration in Kampala in President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence.

The Nigerians say Mr. Museveni’s 36-year rule is a good example of what is wrong with Africa.

According to one of the protestors, Eddy Effiong, the Vice President made a speech during the swearing-in ceremony at Kololo Grounds, Kampala, identifying Museveni as a hero of democracy. The citizens complained that the Ugandan President who is doing his sixth term had rolled out the military during the January 14th 2021 presidential election to stifle the Freedom and Rights of citizens to elect a leader of their choice.

“Such acts of African leaders keep them in power and nothing is heroic about such digressive act in a democracy”-Effiong.

That it was immoral for vice President Osinbajo to have attended the swearing-in.

However, the African Dossier ascertained that the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo never made any such statement in Uganda and did not make a statement at all throughout the event.

An official from the federal ministry of Information speaking to African Dossier preferred anonymity because she was not permitted to speak on the matter, posited that Uganda assisted Nigeria to get her citizen, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to win the election as Director-General of the World Trade Centre and that Nigeria and Uganda have long ties and good diplomatic relations for a long time.

She explained that Vice President Professor Osinbajo was on national duty as assigned to him by the President and that a call for resignation is misplaced.

In an unrelated development, Nigerians living in America and Europe have converged in Paris, capital of France, today 18th May 2021 to drive their President back home.

President Muhammadu Buhari is in Paris to attend the Africa France Summit. He left Abuja on Sunday on a four-day state visit to France.

As leaders across Africa meet in Paris to discuss plans to recover from the impact of COVID-19, the issues are inseparable from the fight against another common enemy which is terrorism like the war against the Coronavirus, it is one we are fully united with France in our strong determination to overcome says _President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Across the world, conflict and Coronavirus have not been far apart governments continue to struggle to contain COVID, but jihadists have too taken advantage in the Sahel — the vast arid stretch of territory that lies between the Sahara and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Terrorist incidents have become tragically common across Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Around the Lake Chad Basin, Boko Haram terrorism has taken advantage of the pandemic and pushed back into Nigeria, whilst still launching raids and attacks in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

Relatedly, the organizer of the #HarassBuhariOutofFrance protest, Reno Omokri wrote in his verified Twitter Handle “Join the #HarassBuhariOutofParis protest tomorrow, 12 noon, Paris Time, at the temporary Exhibition Centre at Eiffel Tower. @MBuhari can’t be globetrotting while Nigeria is drifting. Go back and fix Nigeria.”

Recall that about a month ago, Nigerians living in Europe converged in Abuja House, Nigeria’s presidential lodge in London in a protest tagged #HarassBuhariOutofLondon, in a protest to send President Buhari back Nigeria from London.

A section of the Nigerian population feels that Buhari is not governing well. And must be harassed to go back home and fix the country anytime he travels abroad.

Arans Tabaruka
Arans Tabaruka

Editor and Africa correspondent

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