- Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, says socio-cultural organisations are attacking the presidency because the administration has halted their survival on resources of the state
- He urges Nigerians to ignore the accusations made by the groups
- The United Nations condemns the continuous conflict between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria
The presidency has insisted that no one can honestly say that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing nothing about the security challenges in the country.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made the statement on Friday, July 20, when reacting to claims by some socio-cultural organisations led by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), that President Buhari was not doing enough about the nation’s security challenges, The Punch reports.
Shehu said the socio-cultural organisations were attacking the presidency because the Buhari administration had halted their survival on resources of the state.
The presidential aide accused the groups of shedding crocodile tears and urged Nigerians to ignore them.
“The Presidency notes with dismay that the refrain about President Buhari not doing anything about security in the country had turned into the number one fake news item being peddled in the media,” the presidential aide said.
“The Presidency refers all the purveyors of falsehood to a State House press release published a few days ago and signed by the Special Adviser to President, Femi Adesina, which clearly outlined the government’s major achievements and initiatives in tackling security challenges from January to July, 2018."
Garba Shehu insisted that it was misleading for anyone to say that Buhari was not doing enough over the security challenges in the country.
“No one can honestly say that President Buhari is doing nothing about security. It’s just a fake news item being peddled by selfish politicians with vested interests in keeping Nigerians incensed, and it risks being entrenched as reality if we don’t educate ourselves with the truth,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the special representative of United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier.
Chambas, who is head, UN Office for West African and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risks changing into terrorist attacks.
In the Lake Chad Basin, Chambas said in spite of gains made by the Nigerian armed forces and the Multinational Joint Task Force, Boko Haram remained active.
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