The Presidency has replied acclaimed Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, after he compared President Buhari to former Head of State, the late Sani Abacha, referring to it as unpardonable blackmail.
The Presidency made this known on Sunday after Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity released a statement.
In the statement, Garba made it known that the Presidency does have great admiration and respect for some of its critics, specifically mentioning the Nobel Laureate by name. He, however, said that the police was under new leadership and as such was doing its work to ensure that things are kept in check when law and order are threatened.
He further went on to make a veiled reference to the Literary icon who had earlier said that the action of Buhari’s government was similar to that of the late Military dictator, Sani Abacha, saying it was unpardonable blackmail.
Garba further said that this “blackmail” cannot in any way stop the Police as well as other law enforcement agencies in the country from carrying out their duties.
In his words: They are calling out President Buhari and comparing him to autocratic leaders.” This is unpardonable blackmail that cannot stop Police and other law enforcement agencies from doing their work.
He further emphasized that, every Nigerian had a right to protest as long as it was within the ambit of the law, but that calling for the violent overthrow of an elected Government was unacceptable and that violence would never be accepted as a way of overthrowing the government, as those days are gone.
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