Mustapha Usman, Kano
There have been stern oppositions on the call by the #BringBackOurGirls campaigner, Aisha Yesufu, for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his protracted health issues.
Mrs Yesufu had in a video clip last week called on Mr Buhari to resign from his office and concentrate on his precarious health issues so as to allow government functions effectively.
But the call by the campaigner, though, personal as she put it, has elicited outrage from some members of the group as well as other Nigerians.
One of the group’s members, Waziri Bello, said they were shocked to hear such comments coming out from their leader, which could go a long way in depicting the comments as group’s stance.
“Most of us at the group were disappointed by her comments. Firstly, she said as a citizen that she was speaking for her own opinion,” Mr Bello said in an interview with BBC Hausa.
“But we kicked against that because as the leader of this movement, whatever she says reflects us as the group.
“And then for her to come out and make this kind of comment could not be differentiated by the general public from this group and would consider it our stance,” Mr Bello said.
He then urged their leader to quit the group if she intends to venture into politics. “If she wants to venture into politics, then she should resign and join politics so that she can continue to attack government.
“The 82 Chibok girls rescued have just reunited with their parents. So if anybody could make this call, our group should go against that person, because this president was able to return 106 of our Chibok girls. Let us allow him to fulfill his promise to us,” he said.
However, Mrs Yesufu insisted that her comments were her personal opinion as a citizen of the country.
“My statement for Buhari to resign over his health issue has nothing to do with BBOG. It is A’ishe Yesufu’s view as a citizen of Nigeria. The president himself had once called on another president to resign,” he said.
On call for her to resign and join politics, she said “If I want to venture into politics, nobody can stop me. I only need to ask my husband and if he allows me, I will join. But I am not into politics.”