Planned Protest Against Service Chiefs Aimed At Embarrassing Buhari – Presidency


The Presidency has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning a protest for the removal of service chiefs over poor security on the country.

According to the Presidency, the protest is an effort is to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions.

“This has become necessary in view of received reports that about two thousand men and women have been hired to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on Monday,” the statement which is signed by the senior special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said.

Shehu in the statement added that “this imminent gathering is the latest in a series of demonstrations orchestrated by the opposition to embarrass the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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He added that PDP had earlier commenced a march from one embassy to the other in protest against the Buhari administration and the nation’s highest court of justice, the Supreme Court.

“They are keen to give the impression that Nigerians are in support of them as they take to the streets, and they will go to any length to promote this false narrative.”

Speaking concerning the recent incident in Maiduguri, Borno State, where a group of people were recorded booing President Buhari, Shehu said this is a part of PDP’s ‘elaborate scheme.’

“It is misleading, as some analysts have tried to do, to read this as the verdict against President Buhari, who emerged winner with 94 percent of the votes cast in the Presidential election in the state in February last year.”

Shehu, therefore, stressed that the people in the video were hired few all just to embarrass the President.

Buhari Meets Service Chiefs Ahead Of Lake Chad Summit 

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Service-Chiefs2President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed-door meeting with Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, at the Defence House in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The meeting held on Wednesday ahead of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday is a follow up to the meeting between Ministers of Defence of the Lake Chad Basin which held on Tuesday in Abuja.

For about an hour and half, President Buhari held talks with the Service Chiefs and Col. Dasuki.

At the end of the meeting the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Aliyu Isamila, told reporters that talks were centred on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the north-east.

Mr Isamila said the meeting was also held to assess the security situation and the oparationalisation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force against the backdrop of attacks by the Boko Haram sect.

President Buhari has expressed his commitment to ending the insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has announced the establishment of a Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State’s capital in line with the President’s directive in his inaugural address last month.

He expressed the belief that the relocation of the command centre to the north-east would give needed boost to the war on terror that had been on for over five years.

Also, during a G7 summit held in Germany earlier this week, the president received the support of the group’s members in his effort to end the Boko Haram Insurgency.