The Presidency on Friday stated that nobody can bring down the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the midst of agitations in the land.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who spoke in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said Buhari would ensure the unity of this country at all cost.
He assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is addressing multiple challenges that are facing the country, especially in dealing with security.
Garba said the government was making progress in agriculture, econom and anti-corruption.
According to him, it was sad for the country that opposition was exploiting some of these things.
He said it was quite unfortunate and assured that the president remained focused in preserving the security and unity of this country.
“We accept that dissent is allowed, this is a democracy and people have a right to tell truth to government but we must be careful in doing that.“Nobody can bring down the government because this is a government elected democratically,” he said.
He added: “People should be free to say whatever because this country is under the best democratic government that we have had since the fourth republic.
“The President will not lock up people, there is no assassination by state actors under Buhari and so, therefore, people can say whatever they want to say. They will go home and sleep very soundly.”
The north-south flare-up occasioned by Buhari’s illness comes amid increasing agitations for the independence of the Republic of Biafra by mostly Igbo groups from the eastern part of the country.
Energy around the movement has been growing. For example, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of one of the Biafran separatist groups, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, was detained for nearly two years on several charges that included treason and operating a pirate radio, Radio Biafra.
He was refused bail, despite several court rulings granting him bail. His prolonged incarceration turned him into a cult figure among his followers.
Among the Yoruba, for instance, echoes of separatism come in different forms—from a direct call for Oduduwa Republic to those championing a Sovereign National Conference to decide if the federating units of the country still want to continue to live together, and, if so, under what arrangements.
In the north, there are intermittent demands for Arewa Republic, while some talk of the “north” as if it is “a country within a country.”
In the Niger Delta, apart from the demand for Niger Delta Republic, shades of separatism are embedded in the demands for “resource control” by regional activists.