- The presidency has attacked Senator Abaribe for calling for Buhari's resignation over the rising security challenges
- Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said Abaribe should replace Nnamdi Kanu who have jumped the bail bond which was signed by him
- Shehu said Buhari is capable and is going to finish off the terrorists, adding that the president is cleaning the mess created by Abaribe's party
The presidency has hit the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe hard for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over the state of security the country.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement released in the late hours of Wednesday, January 29, said the resignation call made by Abaribe who is the minority leader of the Senate is foolish.
Shehu said Abaribe's call does not represent the opinion of Nigerians.
The presidential spokesperson said millions of Nigerians, including Abaribe, will need to resign if a leader like President Buhari needs to do so.
Shehu accused the PDP lawmaker of facilitating the escape of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The presidential aide said it was Abaribe who signed the bond for the court to release Kanu on bail after which the latter disappeared from the country. He added that Abaribe is supposed to replace Kanu in jail, having failed to produce him.
Presidency talks tough, says Senator Abaribe's call on President Buhari to resign is foolish
Shehu added that President Buhari is fixing the mess Abaribe's party, PDP, reportedly created prior to his takeover in 2015.
He said President Buhari is working hard and will fix the country's security challenges with the support of Nigerians and the international community.
Similarly, Lauretta Onochie has also attacked Senator Abaribe for calling for Buhari's resignation.
Onochie who is an aide to President Buhari on social media admitted that "security issues are sad concerns around the world including Nigeria".
She, however, said Ababribe's alleged statement"telling Nigerians to "pick stones to stone THEM”, is out of order! It's a call for anarchy!"
Below are some reactions to Shehu's statement on Twitter:
John Christian Alex said: "All those calling for the President to resign are unintelligent. Mr President don't allow anyone distract you from what you are doing. You are doing a fantastic job and i and my entire family are appreciative. Keep the service chiefs for now only procure drones for the NAF and.."
Ibrahim Goni wrote: "Abaribe is right. Buhari is the chief security officer of the nation. If he is unable to fix the security problem of the country in five years, better for him to resign.
"We supported him in both 2015 and 2019 thinking that he will fix things especially security but it appears both himself and his security have ran out of ideas."
Muhammad Asheeru Babaji wrote: "I'm very sad about the same thing happened in my dear country,why we can come together to reconciliation, rehabilitation, our fathers land, forget about the were are you coming from Yoruba or Igbo, Hausa first look ours unity, please and please Nigeria good people great nation."
Linus Yiltok wrote: "Surety to a fugitive of the law and at the same time one of the leader of an outlawed group telling someone to resign. In other country as senator the moment the person he signed surety for jumped bail he will resign and make effort to bring the person."
Yusuf Muhammad said: "But he should sack all the service chiefs to appoint new with new ideas and he should stop this unnecessary trip because we are not seeing the impact of his journey!"
Ibn Hamza reacted: "Senator Abaribe is not a good man is TRUE. And his reason for the call of president Buhari to resign is also TRUE. GARBA SHEHU saying senator Abaribe's call of president BUHARI to resign does not represent the opinion of the country IS NOT TRUE. But ask Nigerians if what I said is NOT TRUE sir."
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Abaribe has asked President Buhari to resign as president over rising insecurity in the country.
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