Those who want to destroy Nigeria have shock coming their way, President Buhari blows hot

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From Left: President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, when the President receives in audience, members of the INEC, in State House, on Tuesday 1 June, 2021.

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*Says we”ve given them enough time

*Adds that attacks happened in 14 states

*”Not protests against past but future elections”

By BASHIR ADEFAKA

“I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail,” President Buhari said adding that, “Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday issued a stern warning to those bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection, and burning down critical national assets, saying that a rude shock awaits them, and very soon too.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday and copy of which was sent to The DEFENDER.

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*From Right: President Muhammadu Buhari, SGF Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina,DG NIA Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakr, and DG DSS, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi, during the President’s audience with members of INEC in State House on Tuesday 1 June, 2021. Photo.

The President spoke after he received briefing from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body round the country.

“I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail,” President Buhari said adding that, “Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

President Buhari recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election, “and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.” He promised to continue leading the country in accordance with Constitutional provisions.

He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian Civil War. “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later.”

The President said the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police have been changed, “and we will demand security from them.”

On the dangers posed to future elections by the burning of INEC facilities, President Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needed to operate, “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We’ll meet all INEC’s demands.”

In his briefing, Prof Yakubu said that so far, there have been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide, since the last General Election.

“The 42 incidents so far occurred in 14 states of the Federation for a variety of reasons….Most of the attacks happened in the last seven months, and they are unrelated to protest against previous elections. From the pattern and frequency of the most recent attacks, they appear to be targeted at future elections. The intention is to incapacitate the Commission, undermine the nation’s democracy and precipitate a national crisis,” Prof Yakubu said.


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