- The Nigerian presidency seems to have made another major public relations gaffe
- A statement by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, continues to generate backlash from the citizenry
- Pastor Sam Adeyemi has cautioned the presidency over its stance on very burning issues in the country
The senior pastor and founder of DayStar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi has chided the presidency for its recent press statement threatening prominent Nigerians who have warned that Nigeria may soon break-up.
Adeyemi, 53, is one of the most respected and popular Pentecostal Christian leaders in Nigeria.
He was reacting to presidency statement signed by Garba Shehu warning that the Buhari administration won't succumb to such utterances.
Prominent Nigerians, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, have expressed their concerns on the possible break-up of the country recently.
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis,” Shehu said in a statement many have since described as unpresidential.
Responding, Pastor Adeyemi tweeted: “When did it become a threat for citizens to express opinions, even if strong, about the structuring or restructuring of their country? Effective leaders listen.”
President Muhammadu Buhari continues to preside over a deeply divided country, with many aggrieved groups calling for either restructuring or their own sovereignty.
Political watchers say the president's actions in office is largely responsible for the aggravated calls from various groups.
President Buhari has been severally accused of nepotism, especially regarding his appointments since coming into power.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Wednesday, September 30 warned that the country is at the verge of collapsing.
The CBCN in an address to mark Nigeria's 60th independence anniversary wondered how Nigerians can conveniently celebrate the occasion amidst huge borrowings with colossal interest to be paid back.
The group further lamented that presently the country is servicing its huge debt with a significant revenue of the country.
In an address by Most Rev. Augustine O. Akubeze, Archbishop of Benin city and president of the CBCN, the Catholic Bishops said the rate of unemployment is growing, and there seems to be no clear plan to fix the economy as well as help the private sector to grow so youths can be employed.
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