The call for President Muhammadu Buhari to return to Nigeria from the UK or resign has been dismissed by the Presidency as an attempt to derail the anti-corruption war.

It described the gathering of some Nigerians that made the ‘return or resign’ demand as an illegal assembly.

A spokesman for President Buhari, Garba Shehu, gave the Presidency’s position on the demand while addressing members of the Centre for Civil Society and Justice (CCSJ), at the precincts of the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Members of the Centre, a civil society coalition, staged a rally in support of President Buhari, who is on medical vacation in London.

He has spent more than 90 days there.

According to the presidential aide, any attempt to derail the war against corruption using subterfuge and bluff will not succeed.

Shehu praised members of the coalition and other Nigerians for rising against “the chaotic rout of protesters” who assembled at the Unity Fountain demanding the return of President Buhari, dismissing such demands as unlawful.

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“It might be taken for granted that the beneficiaries of the old order are fighting back. We have been warned that corruption will fight back.

“In a country where just one woman for having the opportunity to serve as minister has N47.2 billion and 487.5 million dollars of public resources in cash and property traced to her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) you don’t expect the beneficiaries of that order to allow the Buhari administration some peace.

“They want to distract us. But what the Presidency wants to assure patriotic citizens is that the government will not bend.

“As far as the President is concerned, he has done the needful by handing the reins of authority to the Vice President. Since the law of the country does not give a time limit for the President’s return, it cannot be imposed by a saber-rattling musician,” he stated, apparently referring to Charly Boy.

The group says it plans to hold daily rally at Unity Fountain “to send clear and unambiguous message to agents of chaos and unity, that Nigerians are solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration based on our democratic mandate entrusted to him on March 28, 2015”.