Is there anything new in the allegations raised by the presidency? Does this administration need any book or earth-quaking prophecy to know that all the issues it mentioned in the alarmist verse by Adesina have been in the public domain for years? Haven’t different sociocultural groups, including PANDEF, Ohaneze Indigbo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Southern Kaduna people, etc, repeatedly expressed sore dissatisfactions on similar issues and nobody heard their protests?

At a time of national security, economic, political and social tensions, there are better ways to pull the nation together towards a truly cohesive and inclusive agenda.

It is unfortunate that the president’s handlers do not get it, if not that last week’s media hype by the presidency alleging a purported plot by some people to smear President Muhammadu Buhari’s name would not have been necessary.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Mr President’s Media Adviser, “There is a compelling reason to alert the nation of another orchestrated smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, using some online newspapers and blogs.”

The crux of the supposed campaign of calumny against the president, he said was designed to further exacerbate tension in the land, by portraying the President as pandering to ethnic and other primordial tendencies, contrary to his pledge to belong to all Nigerians.”

Or better put, he insisted that ”Part of the planned publication is to make unwary readers believe that the President has continually used the powers of his office to shield and protect an ethnic group against crimes of murder, kidnappings, rape and banditry in the southern, middle belt and some northern states”.

We contend that this is an issue of immense national significance; however, as every informed Nigerian knows, this is just another puerile official propaganda to titivate the mournful public countenance into a comic relief in the absence of any visible, genuine, impactful and definable good governance.

This showing likens this government to the absurd character in a drama who feigned his own kidnap in order to enrich himself by collecting family. Clearly, this is a very fatal own goal!

Is there anything new in the allegations raised by the presidency?

Does this administration need any doctored book or earth-quaking prophecy to know that all the issues it mentioned in the alarmist verse by Adesina have been in the public domain for years?

Haven’t different sociocultural groups, including PANDEF, Ohaneze Indigbo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Southern Kaduna people, etc, repeatedly expressed sore dissatisfactions on similar issues and nobody heard their protests?

Is it not very obvious to critics of this administration within and outside the country that, contrary to Mr. President’s claims, his government has evidently demonstrated religious and ethnic inclinations to the rest of Nigerians who are not from the far North?

Can any other ethnic group other than Hausa/Fulani commit half of the alleged crimes and atrocities in any part of the North without hell being let loose?

Our stance, therefore, is that the alarm was self-destructive and unnecessary. It rather made the Buhari presidency to advertise its deepest structural weakness that everybody already knows, including this government.

This government should stop living in denial and face reality. It should also have nothing to fear if it has nothing to hide, after all, the best way any government can and should respond to any smear campaign is to counter by proving of good governance, that is, if there is one to show. Until then, the government should think of how to immediately address those vexed issues and concerns raised by Nigerians instead of the pretentious farcical dramatization.


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