The Presidency has warned that President Muhammadu Buhari would not succumb to intimidation or threats in carrying out his constitutional duties as Nigeria’s president.
This was contained in a series of Twitter posts by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that the President needed all the concentration he could muster now to attend to the threatening challenges facing the country, part of which are insecurity and the harsh effects of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In reaction to the festering insecurity bugging the country, especially in the northern part, various groups, including the National Assembly, regional/ethnic groups and most recently a group of 46 eminent Nigerians, had asked President Buhari to take actions that can halt the spate of killings in different parts of the country, including a suggestion that the security chiefs be sacked.
However, in its reaction, the Presidency said President Buhari would not yield to any pressure and take actions that would not be in the interest of the majority of Nigerians.
It further noted that the President would always be opened to work with patriotic Nigerians, in adherence to parliamentary processes, to find solutions to the nation’s various challenges.
“The Presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, ‘the nation will break up.’
“This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.
“Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the President’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats, especially in this hour of health crisis.
“The President, as an elected leader under this constitution, will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the parliamentary processes, to finding solutions to structural and other impediments to the growth and wellbeing of the nation and its people,” the statement said.