Why those criticizing Buhari must watch their tongues – Presidency | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The Presidency has advised those in the forefront of the agitation for restructuring of the country to exercise restraint in their choice of words as they criticise President Muhammadu Buhari.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Presidential aide pointed out that the restraint was necessary to avoid heating up the polity and causing acrimony across the country.

Shehu noted that while Nigerians were free to express themselves, they should “exercise such liberty with restraint and a sense of responsibility.”

According to him, calling Buhari an enemy of Nigeria was in extremely bad taste.

He said that nothing in the President’s service record would justify “such scurrilous language.”

Shehu was optimistic that majority of Nigerians welcomed Buhari’s broadcast to the nation on Monday.

He, however, said it was off the mark to criticise him for not responding to calls for restructuring.
“To critique the President for not imposing a restructuring on the country – whatever that means – is completely off the mark.

“Changes don’t happen on a whim in a democracy. The ‘immediate effect’ military mentality cannot work under a democratic order.

“Since the President has sworn to defend the Constitution, he would remain faithful to that oath by working with the legislature in taking major decisions on the future of Nigeria’s federal system.

“The country’s parliament is ready and willing to discuss all issues but the pundits are more interested in TV and newspaper headlines.


“Threats don’t work in a democracy. Democracy requires planning and proper process. Issues are resolved through established processes, not by abuses, insults or irresponsible statements.”

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  1. Go and sit down Oga Ade.have u all forgotten different names you guys Jonathan?he didn't respond but now ur turn and u re angry, criticism comes in a different way, it might suits u or not,u have to accept that and stop heating up d polity with ur reckless speech.

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  2. And so you agree that in time past APC and that includes the Presidency where reckless with their choices of words as opposition and even as the party in power. This is a case of what goes around comes around. Learn from your mistakes and admit it . This is the first step to the redress you so much long for. Anything short of this is hypocrisy.

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