This is to inform the general public that Maryam Shetty is not the National Coordinator of #iStandWithBuhari, and does not in any way speak for/on behalf of the movement, officially or unofficially.
#iStandWithBuhari is a grassroots people oriented movement, completely dedicated to encouraging good governance in Nigeria, while celebrating the unique qualities & leadership traits of President Muhammadu Buhari.
All former existing structures of the organisation were dissolved last year, which included all individuals previously appointed on acting capacities. #iStandWithBuhari is currently managed administratively by a duly constituted board, of which Maryam Shetty is not a member. We however continually appreciate her for her services during her short tenure in an acting capacity for the movement.
We also want the general public to know that the decision to embark on days of nationwide solidarity show of support for President Muhammadu Buhari, which is within our civic rights as bonafide citizens of Nigeria, is in answer to the passionate pleas & requests from our teeming members cutting across every region in Nigeria. We understand that Nigeria is going through a difficult phase, a phase not of the making of this administration, but rather a consequence of decades of bad governance, decay & maladministration by a few under a banner now synonymous with corruption. Is President Buhari looting our treasury? NO! Does President Buhari present an image of someone who does not care? NO! Therefore, it is nothing other than criminal irresponsibility to allow individuals become agents to be used and sponsored to undermine these efforts, whereas there are various platforms to engage the government in dialogue to help proffer solutions. Are those proposing a protest against President Buhari saying they preferred we continued under what we had over the past 16 years? It is time for us to look at the mirror and tell ourselves the truth…and that truth is that Nigeria can only change when we support the government and do our bit, not allow ourselves to be used as agents of destruction and political thuggery.
We will march in all the cities in Nigeria on the 5th & 6th of February 2016, not because we want to counter any opposing movement, but because we want to show the world that indeed Nigerians support this President, and will not give up on him or this administration so soon considering how rotten we were run for 16 years. If for nothing else, we all are also responsible for keeping mute all that while. As we believe President Muhammadu Buhari means well, then we must make him see that we will not be deterred in our support for him to make things right.
Our passion for a better Nigeria is stronger than our thirst for quick measures that will not stand the test of time