Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s criticisms of President Buhari’s Independence Day speech.
Shehu, in a statement on Monday, maintained that it was unfair for the group to blame the recent unrest in the southeast region on the federal government.
“President Buhari was not abdicating his responsibilities. He didn’t request any political leader to do anything seminal or out of the box.
“All he says is, talk to your out-of-the-line-youth so that we have some peace. Igbo leaders need not to be on the defensive for the misbehaviour of the IPOB which they rightly condemned,” he said.
Shehu stated that the President was simply saying that the regional leaders also had a role to play in keeping their hot-headed youth in check.
“President Buhari was simply calling out the regional leaders to their responsibilities, making them aware of the crucial role they can play.
“This should not be seen as an attack on the Ohaneze or on any other regional leaders.”
Shehu also reacted to other criticisms of the President’s speech, particularly the declaration that all matters of restructuring or constitutional amendment are the business of the National Assembly.
“It beats our imagination that men claiming to be democrats or having democratic credentials are asking the government to ignore an elected parliament in preference to a committee made up of presidential appointees to debate and resolve constitutional issues.
“You are either for democracy or for its opposite. For us in this government, democracy is the country’s chosen system of government and we are determined to deepen and uphold it.
“Democracy may be slow and chaotic, but it remains the best system of government the world has got so far. Continue at [Dailypost]