The presidency Friday in Abuja blasted members of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and other ethnic and regional leaders who recently met in Abuja to bemoan the spate of insecurity threatening the country, saying they are only angered by inaccessibility to national resources.
The coalition of NEF and other socio-cultural groups from different parts of the country had lamented the perceived failure of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to stem the tide of killings across the country, describing the government as incompetent.
NEF and some ethnic and sectional groups had in a communiqué accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of incompetence in handling the security situation in the country.
But in a swift response, Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, accused the leaders of merely shedding crocodile tears which he said were only driven by selfishness because the affected leaders felt alienated after a “transparent and accountable system halted their disproportionate survival on resources of the state.”
Shehu urged Nigerians to ignore “the unholy alliance by these groups who are stepping up their assault on the All Progressives Congress administration as it expands its national dominance and moves closer to securing an outright victory in the elections next year.”
Referring all the “purveyors of falsehood” to a State House press release issued few days ago by Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, Shehu said the press release had clearly outlined government’s major achievements and initiatives in tackling security challenges from January to July, 2018.
”We advise Nigerians to read Adesina’s statement if they haven’t yet, or re-read it for better understanding of the efforts to ensure peace in the country.
”It is sad and misleading for anyone to say that President Buhari had not responded to the security challenges in the country.
”No one can honestly say that President Buhari is doing nothing about security.
”It’s just a fake news item being peddled by selfish politicians with vested interests in keeping Nigerians incensed, and it risks being entrenched as reality if we don’t educate ourselves with the truth,” he said.