President Muhammadu Buhari did not threaten any specific region or people with violence in his warning to those carrying out attacks on critical national assets across the country, and their sponsors.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), all that the President did was to read the riot act to dissidents, terrorists and other troublemakers, and warn them to sheath their swords or be ready to face the music; and the group believes this is quite in order.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said that what the President did in his speech to a delegation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday was to serve a clear notice of intent to arsonists and insurrectionists.
“We are concerned about the manner some Nigerians, especially opposition elements, have been twisting a general comment by the President on tougher actions against criminal elements who have been carrying out atrocities, including setting INEC offices on fire in 14 states, to mean that he threatened an entire geopolitical zone.
“This is clearly far from the truth as President Buhari had made it clear that he had a duty to protect the Constitution and would no longer tolerate incessant arson on INEC offices, especially against the backdrop of daily security briefings he said he had been getting.
“We dare say that any patriotic Nigerian should see the President’s comment as welcome, but we are shocked that people who had taken delight in constantly accusing him of inactivity in the face of rising insecurity in some parts of the country are the ones now claiming that the reference to 1967 to 1970 Nigerian civil war was an indication of threats against the South East region.
“While we see it as a reminder of the same thing many people had been saying about the horrors of war in response to individuals and groups who had been taking steps that could trigger bloodshed, we wonder why those who had been silent over the spate of violent attacks by misguided elements have suddenly found their voices.
“Like the majority of Nigerians who have hailed his pledge, we stand by the President and we look forward to efforts by the security agencies to stem the tide of insecurity, not only in the South East but in other parts of the country”.
The group also noted that contrary to the impression in some quarters, President Buhari has not been overlooking the antics of criminal elements in northern Nigeria.
“In their bid to paint a picture of bias, we noticed the usual resort to disinformation by government critics who have been claiming that the President had been making appeals to Boko Haram insurgents and other criminals operating in the North, rather than take action against them. Some of these purveyors of fake news even went to the extent of claiming that he negotiates with bandits.
“All these are far from the reality as a simple fact check would show that he has not only threatened action against insurgents and other criminals as well as their backers, the military has constantly followed up with air and ground assaults .
Culled from Elanza News