The Presidency has rejected the appeal for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign in light of the security issues.
The decision was made by the Northern Elders’ Forum on Tuesday evening.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Wednesday that the president’s resignation would never be a solution to the country’s security concerns.
According to the presidential spokesman, who stated that internal security reforms would be implemented soon, security agencies have since intensified efforts to address the recent spike in terrorist activities, particularly in the Kaduna and Niger States axis as well as in the Niger Delta region, in accordance with presidential directives.
He claims that the defense establishment has realigned and reorganized the ongoing operation in the impacted regions in order to achieve beneficial outcomes.
“The Presidency does not intend to be pulled into the high-decibel show in the media, which is sweeping the nation by storm from the Northern Elders Forum,” the statement says in part.
“In a democracy, publicity is the oxygen for politicians who have failed to connect with voters.” It is sufficient to state that a request for the President’s resignation is not a solution to the country’s security challenges, which have grown to alarming proportions as a result of decades of neglect.
“It is more vital that citizens understand what their government is doing to cope with this problem, and for politicians to accept the reality that it is in everyone’s best interest that they work to maintain the state so that when their turn comes, they will have a place to manage.”
“In a frantic attempt to gain power, people do not have to destroy what is already there.” In reaction to the recent increase in terrorist activities, notably in the Kaduna and Niger States axis, the defense establishment has realigned and restructured the current operations in the areas, as well as those in the Niger Delta region, in accordance to presidential directions.”
According to him, the new operations structures are being strengthened with land-based assets to boost troop efficiency, and intelligence is also being strengthened.
“The air defense system is being bolstered with freshly purchased planes and drones, whose assembly and training for operators has been accelerated to suit present exigencies,” he stated.
“The country is also receiving guarantees from manufacturers that equipment on order will be delivered on time, and efforts are being made to complete other large procurements that are still in the works.” Only this morning, at a cabinet meeting, the government approved the largest single buy of military vehicles in history.”
Shehu revealed that the security services had also launched large security operations in the South East and South South zones to protect the nation’s electrical infrastructure from saboteurs’ actions.
He went on to say that several suspected economic saboteurs had already been captured and would be tried soon.