- Says it’s ready to ruffle unruly feathers
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
The Presidency on Tuesday hinted of sinister moves by some disgruntled elements to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office through undemocratic means.
It has therefore expressed its readiness to thwart such moves by ruffling some unruly feathers in the process.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a release, said available evidence indicated that some disgruntled religious and past political leaders are poised to throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.
According to the statement, further proof showed that the 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, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.
“The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country. 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,” it said.
The Presidency emphasised that Nigerians have opted for democratic rule since 1999, adding that the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, “which hold at prescribed times in the country as any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences”.
It also accused external forces of collaborating with the mischievous individuals and groups to cause crisis in the country and warned that it will not take kindly to such move.
“These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country. 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 release added.