A pro-democracy group staged a massive rally in Lagos state against the alleged plot by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to install an interim government.
The protest was led by Rachel Okpara, executive director of the Coalition for Defence of Democracy in Nigeria (CDDN).
Okpara said there is credible intelligence that Obasanjo’s political allies we hell bent on making the country ungovernable.
She appealed to the international community to call Obasanjo and other opposition leaders to order before “they sink the nation”.
“We are telling the world that there is a credible intelligence that a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the one that hatched the plan to destroy the country in conjunction with his political allies,” she said.
“It was for this reason that Obasanjo released his so called “POINTS FOR CONCERN AND ACTION,” a document that has now been confirmed as intended to incite Nigerians.
“We are also asserting that more than the emergence of an interim government that the federal government refers to, Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar who is the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and other opposition elements have their sight on an outright coup to overthrow Nigeria’s democracy.
“It is for this reason that Obasanjo returned to his vomit after vowing that God will never forgive him if he ever supported Atiku.
“CDDN is not going to adopt the tolerant indifference that the Federal Government is showing to a threat of this magnitude, which with all certainty will throw the nation into chaos. The Federal Government might be worried about being described as clamping down on dissent and the opposition but we have no such political tightrope balancing to do.
“We see things from the perspective of the immediate and long term impact on citizens. The safety of Nigerians is superior to whatever offices could be won or lost by officials of the federal government.
“We appeal to the international community to call Obasanjo, Atiku and other incendiary members of the opposition to order. They should be held responsible since they are the ones that have propping up the groups and individuals named in the planned attacks. The international must make it clear to these elements that any contraption that emerges from truncation of Nigeria’s democracy will not be accepted. They should prevail on Obasanjo and his ilk to desist from the plot to throw Nigeria into chaos.”