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Killings: Ignore Northern leaders shedding ‘Crocodile tears’ Presidency tells Nigerians

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore northern  leaders who recently faulted the way President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was handling the nation’s security challenges, describing them as ‘selfish leaders.’

The leaders of some socio-cultural organisations led by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had issued a communiqué accusing President Buhari’s administration of incompetence in handling the security situation in the country.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said it considered the communiqué “as the shedding of crocodile tears by selfish leaders.”

The Presidency said the leaders felt alienated after “a transparent and accountable system halted their disproportionate survival on resources of the state,” and therefore urged Nigerians to ignore them.

“The Presidency urges Nigerians to ignore the unholy alliance by these groups who are stepping up their assault on the All Progressives Congress administration.

“The Presidency notes with dismay that the refrain about President Buhari not doing anything about security in the country had turned into the number one fake news item,” the statement read in part.

Shehu said it is sad and misleading for anyone to say that President Buhari had not responded to the security challenges in the country.

He referred to a press statement recently issued by the President’s Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, highlighting the Buhari-led administration’s achievement in tackling security challenges. Shehu stressed that those condemning Buhari’s administration should read the statement.

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“The press release which was titled: “Combating Insecurity in the Country: Lest We Forget – Presidency’’ listed out ongoing security operations: (1) Nigerian Army’s Exercise Ayem Akpatuma covering Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States launched in February to tackle cases of kidnappings, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, among others; (2) Nigerian Air Force establishment of three new Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Taraba, Nasarawa and Benue States respectively, and deployment of Special Forces personnel.

“The press release also noted President Buhari’s approval for the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command, in Birnin Gwari Local Council in Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up security in response to the banditry affecting the area,” he said.

Shehu added that those claiming that President Buhari has not done anything about security challenge are spreading fake news being peddled by selfish politicians with interests in keeping Nigerians incensed.



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  1. AK UROSS 21st July 2018 at 11:23 am

    The Northern Elders Forum are right and now that they are right, Garba Shehu who is ordinary a worker in the Presidency is talking nonesense. You are not elected person you are appointed by Buhari the President of the Herdsmen.

    The Northern elders has seen that Buhari is doing nothing because it has affected them. If it has not affected them, they could have been praising Buhari. The Yorubas who on 2015 said, say Buhari are now saying down buhari because you are affected.

    If Buhari and his Inec happened to win next years elections. to your tents oh Biafrans and Oduduwas and Middle Belts.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 21st July 2018 at 5:10 pm

    There’s nothing call northern elders. North is only about northern natives in Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, which must be defended with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory. Freedom of northern natives from fulani bondage is a must with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives. Freedom of this territory natives from the bondage of the fraudulent political name Nigeria is a must with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives. Nothing on earth will keep fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives. Nothing on earth will keep the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. God given Victory is the natives. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

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