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  • Updated: Jan 30, 2020

#BuhariResign: Presidency Reacts, Calls Senator Abaribe 'Foolish'

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Olusegun Akinleye

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President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has described the call by Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) for the president to resign following the spate of insecurity in the country as 'foolish'.

During plenary on Wednesday, January 29, Senate Minority Leader, had said "Nigeria did not elect the IGP (Inspector-General of Police); we did not elect the chief of staff, we did not elect the joint-chiefs or national security adviser, we elected the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019. The reason we re-elected them is that they continued to tell us that they had the key to security.

"When you want to deal with a matter, you go to the head. So, we will go to the government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything." However, this attracted the wrath of the presidency who described Abaribe as an "armchair critic, known for making stray comments.”

Garba said: "President Buhari to resign on what basis? Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country.

“This is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making stray comments.

“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

“This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.”

Shehu also said as a member of the PDP, the political party which governed Nigeria for 16 years, Abaribe shouldn’t be pontificating.

“Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015, and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office.

“President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it.”

Senator Abaribe's call has led to Nigerians demanding that the president resigns by trending the #BuhariResign on Twitter.

 

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