Nigerians drags Buhari over ‘unpleasant’ tweets


Nigerians have continued to President Muhammadu Buhari after he threatened to clamp down on individuals perpetrating violence in the southeast region of the country.

Buhari while reacting to the wanton destruction of government facilities in the South Eastern part of the country warned those who want to destroy the country through the promotion of insurrection and burning down national assets that a rude shock awaits them.

The president said those behind the violence in the Southeast were too young to understand the pains of the Nigerian civil war warning that the same treatment will be melted out on them especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“I receive daily security reports on the attacks on critical national infrastructure, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.

“I received a briefing today from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide. These attacks are totally unacceptable, and we will not allow those behind them to achieve their evil objectives.

“I have assured INEC that we will make available to them everything they need to operate efficiently, so that no one will say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We will meet all of INEC’s demands.

“In the area of security, we have changed the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General, and we are demanding that they rise fully to the challenges confronting us. There must be zero tolerance for all those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection”.

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The president’s statement has since elicited varying reactions from Nigerians who questioned Buhari’s commitment to dealing with national issues with fairness and keeping Nigeria united.

Some of Buhari’s critics claimed that the president’s statement is an expression of the bias nature of his government since its inception in 2015, citing Buhari’s pleas to Boko Haram, bandits, and killer herdsmen who have killed hundreds and displaced thousands in the country.

Former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu said Buhari’s threat to the southeast “is not the kind of word he should say as the president.”

“I think (your) language matters when you are a leader and when you are facing many crises because that language can be interpreted in many ways,” Moghalu said during a television interview.

Moghalu accused Buhari of “bringing up evocations that are very unpleasant” but said the president should have assured Nigerians that his government will continue to work to ensure the safety of lives and properties.

Many Nigerians on Twitter share Moghalu’s views.