The Presidency through the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Senior Special Adviser to the President, Garba Shehu has fired back at Senator Abaribe for calling on the President to resign due to the alarming rate of insecurity in the country.
Garba Sheu as expected, did not mince words while replying Senator Abaribe, as he called the statement created to the Senator from Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State, as ‘foolish’.
The Presidential spokesman in a series of tweets released on his official twitter handle on Wednesday 29th January 2020, accused Senator Abaribe of aiding the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.
He added that If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe for the role he played in the Nnamdi Kanu saga.
“President Buhari, to resign on what basis? Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country.
This is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making stray comments.
If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects”.
Garba Shehu continued by adding that:
“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air.
Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.
This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.
Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office.
President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it”.
The statement by the Presidency is coming after Senator Abaribe on Wednesday at a plenary where Senators were debating the worsening security situation in the country and proffer a way forward, had asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to resign over their inability to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians since 2015.
Senator Abaribe who is the Senate Minority Leader had insisted that Buhari and the APC had told Nigerians to stone them if they fail and that “it is now time to pick stones to stone them” in view of their obvious failure.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan cut Abaribe short.
He called on Abaribe and all those who are going to make contributions to the debate to be apolitical.
He said that bandits and Boko Haram insurgents do not operate on partisan grounds when they kill citizens.
In his contribution, Senator Abudullahi Adamu, faulted the Senate President for not calling on Abaribe to withdraw his comments.
Nigerians have been reacting to the statement by Aberibe and now to the response from the Presidency attacking Aberibe for his comment.
Nigerians are also awaiting the likes of DSS and EFCC to go after the Senator after his statement condemning the President, as they feel that given precedence, the Senator might have it rough in the next coming days for his utterance against Buhari.