Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says those asking his boss to reign in a way that bothers on causing chaos and turning the country into a chaos field “will be asked to come and answer some certain questions”.
Adesina said this while speaking on Channels Television on Monday evening.
Back in May 2013, Buhari had asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to vacate office for “failing” to tackle insecurity.
In what looks like a reminiscence of the past, some Nigerians have also questioned Buhari’s stay in office in spite of the recent cases of attacks nationwide.
For instance, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had asked Buhari to step down over his inability to protect Nigerians after the attack on rice farmers in Zabarmari, a community in Jere, Borno State.
There have also been a series of schoolchildren abductions in Zamfara, Niger and other states.
Adesina established that although freedom of speech is an attribute of a democratic government, comments that have the tendency to stoke tension in the country may be questioned.
“Under a democracy, people have freedom of speech,” he said.
“This is peculiar to democracy but that freedom also has boundaries. There is no freedom that doesn’t have boundaries otherwise it will injure the person who is utilizing it.”
“If anyone is saying such things [asking Buhari to resign] under a democracy, it is allowed. But when it bothers on causing chaos and turning the country into a chaos field, that person will be asked to come and answer some certain questions.”
He admitted the country is facing serious challenges but insisted “both the security agencies and the president need to be encouraged.”
“If all we do is to come out with criticism, then we are part of the problem and not the solution,” he said.
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