Though the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, is slated to speak at the prestigious Chatham House in London today, certain Nigerians in the diaspora have allegedly been mobilised by the Presidency to organise a rally to embarrass Buhari at the venue.
This was disclosed in a letter made available to LEADERSHIP last night by the Buhari’s campaign organisation which claimed that it got the letter from some of those hired for the protest in London.
The letter was written by Chief Peter Mozie, the assistant director, Civil Society and Supports Groups, to Prof Nick Eze, the director, Civil Society and Support Groups in Nigeria, while the letter was copied to the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali.
The letter, entitled, Re: “The Chatham House Rally, March Against Dictator” gave detailed programmes of how the mobilised Nigerians in diaspora would start chanting anti-Buhari and anti-military songs between 9am and 9.30am.
The letter added that the Nigerians in diaspora would paint Buhari as a ruthless dictator who will never change while as the same time highlighting the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan and the need for his re-election for him to continue his transformation agenda.
It further disclosed that the Nigerians would stay at Chatham House and continue to chant anti-Buhari songs until the event is over, and insist that “the world must know a dictator has come to Chatham House, that a ruthless killer has come to Chatham House.”
But the author of the letter also demanded $20,000 to defray the cost of logistics, refreshments, mobilisation and necessary permit for the rally.
According to the letter, some of the talking points of the rally are:
1: Buhari is an unrepentant dictator who will never change no matter the number of suits he wears
2: Buhari overthrew our democracy and ruled Nigeria despotically, subverting human rights, imprisoning the innocent and jailing the late Nigeria’s foremost musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and innocent journalists for no just reason.
3: The rally will remind the international community about Buhari’s dictatorial leaning from 1983-1984 when many innocent Nigerians were killed our democracy raped and Nigerian constitution suspended.
4: The rally will also draw the attention of opinion leaders and diplomats in the United Kingdom that Buhari should not be in Chatham House but facing war crimes at The Hague before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
5: Above all to draw the attention of the international community to the fact that Nigerians had rejected Buhari thrice before and will still reject him for the 4th time; in essence, to tell the whole world that Nigerians reject Buhari