- President Buhari has been advised to accept constructive criticisms from persons deemed as his enemies
- The advice came from the deputy minority House of Reps leader, Toby Okechukwu
- Okechukwu said the president should see something positive in what his media aides refer to as verbal attacks and do the needful
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The deputy minority leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has said that instead of attacking the Nigerian elites, President Muhammadu Buhari should accept criticism against his government.
Honourable Okechukwu, speaking with This Day on Monday, February 1, pointed out that the aim of the constructive criticism by persons described as detractors is to achieve a united nation, not to witch-hunt Buhari as some of his media aides have claimed.
The lawmaker, therefore, called on the president to stop the blame-game and do what it should to fix the country.
Okechukwu also urged the Nigerian leader to desist from the habit of comparing himself with former presidents.
”Nigerian elites are not interested in harassing him. We are merely stating the office. If you take the issue of insecurity in the country, for instance, Nigeria is more threatened today than it was five years ago.
”The president’s nostalgia with past governments since 1999 is completely unnecessary. He applied for the job and he presented a manifesto upon which he was hired in 2015 and 2019. He has not lived to the job application he made."
He added that the presidency, to the detriment of Nigerians, also delayed the removal of the former service chiefs whose retirement, according to him, was long overdue.
”Nigerians are feeling the pains. For instance, we never knew that under a president, who swore to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land, replacing the service chiefs, whose tenures by law, practice, and convention, expired many years ago, would become a battle that citizens would have to win under ‘a man of rule of law’, and under a democratic government."
Meanwhile, the presidency had reacted to agitations and calls from a section of the country for President Buhari to appoint the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP) from the southeast.
In a conversation with journalists on Monday, February 1, Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, revealed the calibre of person the president will choose to succeed Mohammad Adamu.
He said Buhari will not be driven by ethnic sentiments or affiliations in his choice of the next police chief, in line with what he did while picking the new service chiefs.