The Presidency has on Thursday asked supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore what it saw as “crude” attacks on him by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Mr Saraki, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant had said Mr. Buhari is incompetent of leading a country like Nigeri.
He said this on Tuesday in Oyo while meeting with PDP delegates, claiming that world leaders who visited Nigeria did not stay beyond few hours because they were convinced that their host, President Buhari did not understand their mission or contributed to the discussion as expected.
Also while on a campaign visit to Bayelsa on Thursday, the senate president said Buhari and the APC lack the vision and capacity to develop Nigeria.
But in an obvious reaction, presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, in a state House press release urged groups supporting the president to ignore Mr Saraki’s “Crude Speeches”.
Read below the press release:
BUHARI GROUPS SHOULD IGNORE SARAKI’S CRUDE SPEECHES
The Presidency wishes to react the crude speeches hitting the news from Senator Bukola Saraki who recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party with the sole ambition of running as the president of Nigeria.
In response the condemnable and extremely derogatory speeches by the PDP aspirant, we urge all Buhari supporters to display restraint in language and conduct and to always put across their points of view in a decent language.
Throughout his political career, Senator Saraki has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests. The language of his campaign is such that cannot be used against a domestic help.
Is he just knowing that the President lacked vision? This is someone that the Senator had worked with very closely for more than three years. Amazingly, he never said all that he is now saying against him. Rather, his word for and on the President were always respectful and reassuring. That’s the man he called “My Father,” about him “there is no cause for alarm…a President who is healthy, witty and himself.” What then changed, all of a sudden?
Is he saying these blatantly false and crude things against the President because he is gunning for the same office? Could it be that he is targeting President Buhari because the party he just joined does not have any real issues to highlight?
Be that as it may, our appeal to our supporters is to ignore Saraki and any such politicians bent on lowering the quality of political discourse. Let them drown in their own waters.
SSAP (Media and Publicity)