Presidency pushes back; warns those plotting against Buhari govt
By Oludare Mayowa
The presidency on Tuesday reechoed the position of the Department of State Service (DSS) on plans by some people it described as “misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.”
But the presidency said in what appeared to be a veiled threat that it will ruffle some ‘unruly feathers’ in the process of keeping the country together.
A statement signed by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman titled “our response to DSS alert, by presidency” said the people behind the plots are already in the process of passing a vote of no confidence on the president.
According to him, “unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President.
Adesina said the action of the people behind the plot is to throw the country into further turmoil.
He said the “agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.
Adesina stated that Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only acceptable way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country.
“Any other way is patently illegal and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.
“But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process,” the presidency said in the statement.
The nation’s secret police had in a statement on Sunday accused those calling for the resignation of President Mohammadu Buhari of planning “to cause a disintegration of the country.”
The statement by the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, described the president critics as misguided elements and accused them of threatening the government, sovereignty, and corporate existence of the country.
“It has been established that the main objective for these is to cause a disintegration of the country, Afunanya said in the statement.
The DSS said it “will no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.”
Adesina on his part said the agitation was being championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, with the intention to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.