Presidency Slams Economist Says Only Buhari Has Tackled Boko Haram, IPOB, 2 Others

Presidency Slams Economist Says Only Buhari Has Tackled Boko Haram, IPOB, 2 Others

  • Garba Shehu has said that the report by the Economist on the handling of insecurity in Nigeria is flawed
  • Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari is the only president that has tackled four strong security issues at a time
  • According to Shehu, the president is the only one who has sought a solution to the farmer/herders clash

Following the recent report by the Economist on the security challenges faced by Nigeria and the effort of the present administration to handle these issues, the presidency has said that report is wrong in all ramifications.

A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, October 24, said that only the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has tackled Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, farmer/herders conflict and the delusions of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the southeast region.

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Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu said President Buhari is the only president that has tackled four different security challenges Photo: Ahmad Bello Sulaiman
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President Buhari's efforts in handling insecurity

Shehu said that while the Economist is right to state that all challenges faced by the country have come to a head under President Buhari, it should, however, be noted that the administration has resorted to tough decisions in addressing these issues.

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He said currently all the four threats bedevilling the nation are being fought concurrently.

He also added that it is only this present administration that has finally had the will and determination to confront these challenges.

He added that President Buhari has taken on the IPOB group that has threatened those who break their sit-at-home rules while attacking and bombing police stations and other security apparatus.

He also said that President Buhari has sought to identify the root causes of the herder-farmer conflicts that have lingered for over a hundred years and find durable solutions

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How the Economist got it wrong

According to Shehu, the Economist in its opinion inaccurately described “bandits” who have the resources and technology to shoot down a military fighter jet are not bandits at all.

He said:

"Yet they are essentially no different to Boko Haram in this regard who are now cornered. It will take time, but the President is unwavering in his determination to collapse this challenge to public order."

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian government had said that some countries are bent on destabilizing Nigeria.

The federal government said these countries are doing so by aiding the IPOB's leader, Nnamdi Kanu in his anti-state activities.

The Attorney General of the Federation said some of these countries through their allies aided Kanu to escape from facing trial before.

In addition, the newly appointed director-general of the Nigeria Film Corporation, Chidia Maduekwe, has said that President Buhari is not opposed to Nigeria having an Igbo president in 2023.

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Maduekwe said contrary to some reports in the media and other platforms, President Buhari has no hatred for the Igbo people.

He also said that the southeast region should appreciate the president because they have received a fair share of political appointments and development in the country.

Maduekwe noted that many Igbo sons and daughters have been appointed into strong political offices by the president.


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