The Presidency has reacted to calls by the Northern Elders Forum demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the spate of insecurity in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, communicated this in a statement yesterday. He noted that publicity is the oxygen for politicians who have failed to connect with voters in a democracy.
In the statement entitled, “Reforms in internal security to take hold sooner than later”, the presidential aide said: “The Presidency does not wish to be drawn into the high-decibel show in the media, taking the nation by the storm from the Northern Elders Forum.
“Publicity is the oxygen for politicians who have failed to connect with voters in a democracy.
“It is enough to say from our part that a resignation call on the President is not a solution to the country’s security problems, something that has built up to a worrisome level following decades of neglect.
“It is more important that citizens know what their government is doing to deal with this situation and for politicians to come to terms with the fact that it is beneficial to all that they help to preserve the state so that when it is their turn, they will have a place that they will manage.
“People don’t have to destroy what is there in a desperate quest to get power.
“In response to the recent spike in terrorist activity, particularly in the Kaduna and Niger States axis, the defence establishment, in response to presidential directives, has realigned and reorganised the ongoing operation in the areas, as well as that going on in the Niger Delta region.
“The new operations structures are being reinforced with land-based assets to increase the efficiency of the troops, and intelligence is equally being supported.
“The air defence system is being reinforced with newly-acquired jets and drones which assemblage and training for operators have been hastened to meet the current exigencies.
“The country is equally getting assurances of early delivery of equipment on order from manufacturers, and the effort is ongoing to conclude other major procurements still in process.”
“Only this morning, the government at a cabinet meeting approved the procurement of the largest ever single procurement of military vehicles.
“At the same time, similar major operations are going in the South-East and the South-South where the economic life wire of the nation and electricity transmission lines are currently being secured from saboteurs.
“What the sponsored saboteurs aim to show is that the government cannot provide power sabotaging equipment at switches and other vital points. They will not succeed. The public knows who is who and who has done what in our country’s governance.
“Massive gains being made will shortly be manifesting. A large number of arrests have equally been made.
“Nigerians are assured that the government will keep its promise to the nation, and threats to security will be handled with the firmness they call for, and the government will remain firm in securing the country’s unity and progress,” Shehu concluded.