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FLOUTED ORDER! Nigerians blast Femi Adesina for defending Buhari on IGP Idris action



FLOUTED ORDER! Nigerians blast Femi Adesina for defending Buhari on IGP Idris action

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has invited the wrath of Nigerians on himself after he was quoted to have said that President Muhammadu Buhari did not know about the absence of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in Benue State, because he is “not omniscient.”

The presidential aide made the declaration on Tuesday during an interview on a RayPower FM public affairs programme, “Political Platform.”

Recall that President Buhari during his meeting with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi, said that he was surprised that the IGP, did not stay 24 hours in Benue State after he ordered him to relocate to there and remain till peace was restored.

Buhari while denying insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening in Benue, said, “I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised.”

Adesina in his response to the president’s statement disclosed that Buhari has other channels of information but does not receive all information.

He said,

“It just tells you that the president is not omniscient. As president and commander-in-chief, he has other channels, but it doesn’t mean that he gets every information under the sun.”

The presidential spokesman said that it was also a wrong notion for Nigerians to anticipate that whenever it comes to security matters, the president is to be adequately kept abreast of development and must be in the know.

He said,

“It is not correct, even in the best countries in the world, the super powers; there still would be security breaches and failures. It is not correct.”

When Adesina was asked why there were still killings in Plateau State even when the president visited, he said that the lessons to be learnt from such incidents are that security is a collective responsibility.

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Adesina said,

“The message it (the killings) sent is that security is a collective responsibility; it is not the responsibility of the president alone. What Nigerians expect is that everything will flow from the top which is not correct. It rather should even flow from the bottom up. What Nigerians expect is that the president would be like a knight in shining armour who comes to settle all security issues even in wards and villages and hamlets. No, it doesn’t work that way.”


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