Femi Adesina, the Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity has cleared the air on the actions of President Muhammadu Buhari who, according to him has been acting by the mandate given him by Nigerians.
In his words, “Muhammadu Buhari spoke on Tuesday, warning troublemakers in the country that the picnic was over, and the next day, I saw this comment online from a Buharist, as lovers and admirers of the President are known: I just finished watching the President on TV reading the riot act to troublemakers, and I couldn’t be prouder of the President. I suddenly remembered why I fell in love with the President.”
“That respondent sure spoke the minds of millions of Buharists in Nigeria and the Diaspora. The man we fell in love with is of iron and steel, one ready and willing to knock sense into contumacious heads, whipping everyone into line. And being kind to us in the process. A kind bully, if you like the oxymoron.
“How did things unfold that Tuesday afternoon, that led President Buhari to make the speech that is perhaps the most epochal in recent times? The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had led top guns of the electoral body into the meeting room with the President, shortly before the scheduled time of 3 pm.
“Like clockwork, President Buhari came in at the dot of the appointed time. He never misses it. And Prof Yakubu began his briefing. What were the main points?
“The spate of attacks on INEC’s offices and facilities nationwide has grave implications for elections and electoral activities in Nigeria.
“So far, there have been 42 of such attacks across the country since the 2019 General Election. The incidents occurred in 14 states for a variety of reasons, including bandit attack, 1, Boko Haram, 1, EndSARS protest, 18, post-election violence, 4, thuggery during elections, 6, unknown gunmen and hoodlums, 12.
“Thirty out of the 42 or 71% of the attacks happened in the last 7 months. They appear to be targeted at future elections, with the intention to incapacitate INEC, undermine democracy, and precipitate a national crisis.
He further explained how the INEC Chairman enumerated the immediate implications of the development, familiarized him with the development so far. He requested the president to intervene in his capacity as the Grand Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. “Confronted by such graphic display of anarchy, what should a President do? Throw up his hands in surrender, acquiesce, and tell everyone to go home in defeat and capitulation?
“Remember how we started this piece. President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) was once General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), the army commander who gave Chadian forces who made incursion into Nigerian territory a bloody nose. He dealt with Maitatsine religious fanatics. He gave a red card to hard drug traffickers, who were executed by firing squad. He introduced War Against Indiscipline, and generally attempted to make us prim and proper.
“He was succeeding, before hidden, hostile hands terminated the regime. Thirty years later, Nigerians yearned for that GMB, and massively voted him back to power. The response of the President to INEC elicited different kinds of reactions from different people and groups. What did he say?
He further reacted that the traducers of the administration are extremely passionate about making it a failed one. “Many of those misbehaving today were too young to know the destruction that attended our Civil War (1967-1970), but those of us that were in the fields, fighting to keep the country together, won’t just fold our arms. We’ll rather speak to them in a language they would understand.
Nigeria according to the president is being administered in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution, anyone attempting to destroy the infrastructural investment on Nigeria will be in for it.
“We have changed the Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police. We will give them all the resources they need, and then demand security from them. We will give INEC all the resources required to conduct elections, so that no one would accuse us of not wanting to leave office, or that we want a 3rd term.