We’re embarrassed by mass abductions says Presidency

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The Presidency has said it’s embarrassed by the mass abductions of students in the country declaring that nobody can bring down the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shehu speaking against the backdrop of kidnappings and mass abduction in schools especially in the North and affirmed the President is quite conversant with daily events in the country adding “the fastest way to reach President Buhari is to reach the press and reveal the wrong doing that’s happening”.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Friday said “I want to assure Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is addressing multiple challenges that are facing the country especially in dealing with security and yet we are still making progress in agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, which are the key policies that brought the party and the government to office”.

“It is sad for the country that opposition is exploiting some of these things. It is quite unfortunate and I want to assure that the president remains focused on preserving the security and unity of this country.”

Shehu described secession agitators as “charlatans” sponsored to bully the President thinking he will cower or panic. He maintained that the Buhari regime will not be kicked out of power by any group through blackmail.

Shehu noted that Buhari is passionate about the unity of Nigeria as well as tackling the myriads of security challenges in the country and stressed that Nigerians enjoy the freedom of speech under President Buhari’s administration.

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“This President is focused on securing this country, he is focused on the unity of this country and he will preserve it. People should be free to say whatever because this country is under the best democratic government that we have had since the fourth republic.”

Shehu also reaffirmed President Buhari’s order to the security agencies to shoot at sight anyone caught in the illegal possession of firearms, notably the AK-47 rifles.

On terrorism, he lamented some media practitioners carry out reports that seem to glamorize crime by making some Boko Haram terrorists look like heroes.

“We have the most vibrant media community on the continent and we expect robustness or criticism from them. Some of the elements, I am careful to say some of the elements in our media that glamorize crime that will make Boko Haram look like heroes. It doesn’t help anybody.”