By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A pro-Democracy and anti-sabotage group, on the platform of the Natives said it will embark on vigil on the streets of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, until the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is sworn in on May 29.
The Natives said the sacrifice has become necessary to frustrate plans by some unscrupulous elements to form parallel government as it was reportedly threatened.
Addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, during a Unity Walk to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Leader of the Natives, Hon. Smart Edwards, said his group will not tolerate parallel government or any act that could lead to chaos ahead of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s inauguration on Monday.
Hon. Edwards also expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure will no go beyond May 29, 2023.
According to him, those that are aggrieved as a result of the general elections should allow Court to make pronouncements instead of causing anarchy in the country.
He said: “We the Natives of this country will not allow saboteurs and the proponents of parallel government to cause chaos and instability in Nigeria.
We will, however, embark on vigil on the streets of Abuja, the Federa Capital Territory, beginning from today Friday till Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is sworn in on Monday, May 29. 2023.
“We will do this because of our conviction that Tinubu’s presidency will bring prosperity, development and unity of this great Nation. We call on all Nigerians to join us in this task of ensuring peace and stability of our dear Nation.”
On the reason for the Unity Walk, Edwards said: “We are here at Appeal Court today to state categorically that we the Natives of Nigeria will not allow the idea of parallel government. In fact, the idea should be dead by now and we warn strongly the proponents of this evil to perish the idea because Nigeria is not a Banana Republic where law and order does not exist.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure will never be extended beyond Monday, May 29. He is a democrat and will end as a hero.
“Our attention has been drawn to some incredulous persons who have been brainwashed into imagination of victory at 2023 polls, whose constant cantankerous and mischievous attempts to desecrate our electoral institutions and justify their judicial brigandage is becoming intolerable.
“We are alarmed that the constant constitutional murder perpetrated by these agents of destabilization doubtfully in the name of their principal is appearing to be subjugating, subversive and threatening coronation of unlawful acts, of which if left unchecked can snowball into a disaster, acts that makes their matters in courts unfounded.
“Their discontent like many can be acknowledged but it must not defeat sanity and the sanctity of our courts.
“Our Courts are sacred institutions and their decisions are based on facts not fictions.
“To this end, we rise up again to be counted, in defense of our country, its courts and citizens, as we take a unity walk to the Appeal Court today, to confront the increasingly dangerous and perfidious acts of sabotage against matters that should only be left for Judges up to the Supreme Court to decide.”
While commending the outgoing government of President Muhammadu Buhari for conferring honours of GCFR and GCON on the President-elect and his Deputy, Edwards declared that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a day with history and shall be sworn in on Monday, May 29 unfailingly, adding that until the Supreme Court of the land rules otherwise, Tinubu will occupy the seat of the President.
“We would like to know if any Nigerian regardless of their status have such rights to promote anarchy and desecrate the Courts, threaten its Judges, advocate parallel government or open promote chaos. We will not allow it and such will not happen.
“With them claiming knowledge of intendment, intentions, letters and interpretations of the spirit of the constitution and erroneously forcing it on the judiciary as expected outcome.
“We would like to inform these misguided persons that President Muhammadu Buhari is not available for compromise, he has earned the status of a statesman with international reputation. As a tested democrat and a hero. He is not a despot as they made many to believe. Buhari is not a tyrant nor a dictator. The President has earned all the accolades of the restorer of the June12 , apologizing to Nigerians on behalf of the Military so this President is not available for Interim Government. Not even Vice President Osibajo will commit himself to murder or ruin our democracy or arrest the judiciary on their behalf.
“On what planet are the promoters of a parallel government living?
“No one group or persons nor party should act as sovereigns, they are not and will never be. Hence we call on their sponsors to refrain from this unstable, insane and undemocratic act that will only expose them as political neophytes.
“We call on those who demonized President Muhammadu Buhari, called him dead and impostor Jubril of Sudan and a dictator to remember him today as the man who failed to islamize Nigeria, the man who honored the memory of June 12, the Fulani man that allowed freedom at the primaries of his party, the man who gave Nigeria a free and fair elections, hence he must be given the heroic privilege to handover power peacefully eroding all errors of 1983.”