Socio-political groups, Ohaneze Ndigbo; Arewa Consultative Forum; Pan Niger Delta Forum; Middle Belt Forum and Afenifere have reacted to a statement issued by the presidency alleging plots to remove President Muhammadu Buhari by some religious and political leaders.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the presidency in a statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘Our response to DSS alert, by Presidency,’ said it has uncovered plans to pass a vote-of-no confidence on the President.
In separate reactions through The Punch, the groups denied involvement in the alleged plot, and accused Buhari of incompetence.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Emmanuel Yawe, in reaction, said, “The Presidency must be broad-minded enough to accommodate all shades of opinions.
“The criticism is done in good faith and if acted upon will help improve the situation in the country. It is wrong to see all critics as disgruntled, religious and past political leaders with dark motives. Some of them mean well for the government and the country.”
On its part, the Pan Niger Delta Forum through its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said, “It is rather shocking that the Presidency would under the prevailing situation of disastrous insecurity tag religious leaders and past political leaders as ‘disgruntled.’ That is the least expected.
“PANDEF cautions that the Presidency should stop chasing shadows. Citizens are anxious and troubled, many are becoming hopeless, with even the security agencies seemingly helpless and vulnerable.”
Ohaneze through its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, distanced the group from the plot, saying, “Ohanaeze is not interested in anything coup. Ohanaeze is interested that the President should listen to us and address the nation. President should reorder his steps. He should root his governance in justice because everything has become injustice especially to the Igbo.”
Reacting, the Middle Belt Forum through its National Publicity Secretary, Isuwa Dogo, stated, “We view the statement as an expression of guilt by the Presidency for the deteriorating situation of things in the country including insecurity and its inability to stop it.”