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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Looters blackmailing Buhari on Benue killings, other issues - Presidency warns

The presidency has warned that some Nigeria's looters are currently blackmailing President Muhammadu Buhari with the killings in Benue state among many other issues.

The presidency said the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has handled the security issues in the country better than any of the past administrations.

In an interview with Punch, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said those who monies from oil subsidy, federal pensions and salaries are the enemies of the state.

He said: "The President has handled security issues in the country as best as anyone can handle them. He is being blackmailed on security issues by the beneficiaries of a rotten old order, who are the real losers in an environment in which corruption, impunity and theft are being fought."

Those who stole N2 trillion from oil subsidies every year; those who stole crude oil, sold it abroad and pocketed the proceedings, powerful men and women who stole N200 billion from the federal pensions and salaries; these are the enemies of the people.

They are just blackmailing the President. Their pain is that they have been deprived of what they are used to. The message they are sending is 'we are already starving, how can we survive four more years of Buhari's government?'

Nigeria is not in danger of a civil war. It is in the throes of the larceny and the insatiable greed of political elite that has fed on a previous economy that rewarded laziness and theft," Shehu said.

He further assured that the police and the troops of the Nigerian army have been mobilised to Benue state to curb the crisis.

Shehu said the promptness of the response to the Benue crisis has been acknowledged by the Tor Tiv, James Agate.

He also said that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom did at any point dispute the acknoweldgemnt of the Tor Tiv.

Shehu said: "Before now, the President had issued prompt directives to security agencies on the security situation in the country. He made this clear in his August 21, 2017 broadcast to the nation. In that broadcast, the President asked security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last months be a reason for them to relax.

He said terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of Nigerians could live in peace and safety.

He went further to say that apart from the fight against Boko Haram, this administration will tackle kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. So the President's stand on the matter is clear," he added.
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