The Presidency yesterday described the allegation against President Muhammadu Buhari shielding killer herdsmen as unfair and uncharitable.
The senior special assistant media to the president, Garba Shehu noted that the problem between farmers and herdsmen predates the independence of Nigeria.
He explained: “This is an administration that has done so so extremely well and to a president who has sworn to an oath to defend the constitution and protect every life and property, it is very unfair and uncharitable to say that he will shield anybody.
This is as he said that President Muhammadu Buhari richly deserves a second term in office.
In an interview with State House correspondents, the presidential spokesman noted that Buhari’s giant strides, especially in agriculture is a pointer that the president needs to seek re-election.
On Buhari’s chances in 2019, Shehu said, “yes I will because he richly deserves a second term in office.
On former head of states, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida urging Buhari not to run, he said ;my response to them is that if they like they can come and contest against president Buhari. He will defeat them, all of them.
According to him, “with all the noise the PDP is making, even during their tenure as president did they give breakfast, lunch and dinner to every citizen? Is there any country in which someone does not go hungry? I am not saying it is perfectly in order but they are just politicising these issues.
“This is a government that has removed this country from the shame of food importation, every state of the country now is into rice production, and we are feeding not only Nigeria but to West Africa.
“And the government is working on having respectable prices for food items, food inflation is coming down grossly. Everyone complaining of hunger should go and work. And you know that this is the only government that has introduced social investment schemes, we pay out now for the poorest of the poor, the least they will get is N5,000 and a lot of these job that are been created are from loans with little or no interest from the central bank, Bank of Industry, Banks of Agriculture, Development Bank and the rest. So there is a lot going for people who really want to go out there to work especially in Agriculture.
In any case, the president controls only one layer of authority, what are the governors doing, is the social media also saying that the governors are protecting the herdsmen from the law, are they saying the local governments are also protecting them?
“You see it has to take everyone at various levels of authority to shield somebody from the law in those circumstances, and the president himself, his passion is for the country, this is a president whose passion is not even for the office, even when everyone is asking him to go for a second term he is keeping quiet because his focus remains the nation and the problem of the country.
On the amnesty offered to Boko Haram, he said, “Whoever is peddling these rumours that Boko Haram is being granted amnesty and so on I would ask them who doesn’t want to make peace with the enemy?
In any case as it is proverbially said all wars end up in the boardroom. You can defeat people technically in the field but at the end you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues.
So, if Boko Baram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching that negative ideology , the country should be able to embrace them welcome all of them so that they continue to live normal lives and be useful to the nation.
What that means is that we will be saving cost, saving lives that are being lost through bombing, killing of service personnel and we will be saving money that we are using to procure weapons so that such money can go into services and infrastructure and welfare of the citizens of this country. It is a win -win situation,” he stated .