- The presidency has said the Buhari government cannot be brought because it is democratically elected
- Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said this while reacting to the secession agitations in some sections of the country
- Shehu said those who want to occupy the presidency will have to wait till 2023 when Buhari's tenure will be over
The presidency has reacted to secession agitators in the country, saying nobody can bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this during an interview on Channels Television on Friday, March 26.
The presidential spokesman described the secession agitators as “charlatans” sponsored to bully the president thinking he will cower or panic.
According to Shehu, the Buhari government will not be kicked out of power by any group through blackmail.
He noted that President Buhari was democratically elected and will only leave the office when his tenure expires.
Shehu said those who are interested in taking over the presidency will have to wait for two more years to take over power in 2023 through the ballot boxes.
Legit.ng notes that a popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, recently declared an independent Yoruba nation, claiming that he has the backing of the monarchs in the region.
However, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) swiftly debunked the claim, saying Sunday Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people.
Also, a former militant in the Niger Delta region, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, recently announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra de facto government in the South-East.
Handiwork of opposition
Shehu said President is addressing the multiple challenges facing Nigeria, ranging from the economy to security, corruption, and so on.
The presidential spokesperson, however, claimed that the opposition is exploiting the challenges to cause disharmony.
“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."
“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."
Fayemi told Arise Television on Tuesday, March 23, that such agitation is expected when there are stress and laxity in society.
The governor, however, expressed optimism that the country will overcome its challenges.