The Presidency has dubbed all those agitating for right of self-determination as charlatans, boasting that nobody can bring down the government of Muhammadu Buhari.
A media aide to the president, Garba Shehu said this on Friday when he spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme.
Shehu said the “charlatans” are sponsored to bully the President thinking he will cower, noting that the Buhari government will not be kicked out of power by any group through blackmail.
According to him, the Buhari govt was democratically elected, stressing that those he called power-grabbers must wait for two more years to take over power in 2023 through the ballot boxes.
He said, “It is sad for the country that opposition is exploiting some of these things. It is quite unfortunate and I want to assure that the president remains focused in preserving the security and unity of this country.
“It is an established fact that all nations of the world face problems and what is expected of all well-meaning members of the society is that they should team up with the government so that together we will all fight criminality and insurgency and all that.
“We accept that dissent is allowed, this is a democracy and people have a right to tell truth to government but we must be careful in doing that. Nobody can bring down the government because this is a government elected democratically.
“Government in a democracy come through periodic elections and if we have a government in office as we have, sponsored by political parties to win the elections, it is telling you that that confidence of the public is still there.
“People with strong ambitions, wait till four years, in fact, in our case, two more years to go to election and President Buhari will not be a candidate in that election.”
However, spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who also spoke on the programme, disagreed with Mr. Shehu, saying nobody is interested in bringing down the Buhari government.
Baba-Ahmed said Nigerians only want to live in a safe and secure country and the president must protect the lives and properties of the citizens.
He added that it is wrong for for the Buhari government to label those they dont agree with as enemies.
Mr. Buhari must listen to the grievances of secessionists, he said.
Recall that a former fighter for a better Niger Delta region, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, had recently announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra de facto Customary Government in the South-East.
The Chairman of socio-political group, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, Prof Banji Akintoye, and other proponents of self-determination had also last week declared their support for the Yoruba Nation.