The Presidency has rebuked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for his recent call for the resignation of President Bola Tinubu in the wake of increasing insecurity in Nigeria.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, the Presidency dismissed Atiku’s remarks as “reckless” and defended Tinubu’s proactive approach to security issues.
Atiku criticized the former Lagos State governor for being seemingly detached from the security challenges in the country. In a statement earlier on Tuesday, Atiku accused Tinubu of “playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity.”
“To imagine that the Commander-in-Chief is on a so-called private visit while kidnappers kill a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90m ransom and two monarchs in Ekiti, among others,” Atiku wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
As reported by RoyalTimes, Responding to Atiku’s comments, the Presidency asserted that Tinubu is actively addressing the security situation in Nigeria.
The statement emphasized that Atiku’s remarks fell short of the expected conduct from an elder statesman and suggested that his comments might be influenced by the aftermath of the electoral defeat.
The Presidency highlighted that Tinubu, who had announced a private visit to France, had kept Nigerians informed about his whereabouts and return date. It added that Tinubu remains in constant communication with his officials and security chiefs, directing them to combat criminal activities in the country.
“We like to believe that Alhaji Atiku is still not nursing the hangover of his electoral defeat and now latches on any issue to attack President Tinubu.
“President Tinubu did not travel without informing Nigerians of his whereabouts. He announced a private visit to France and announced a return date.”
“While in France, President Tinubu has been following developments at home and he is on top of the situation in the country. Today’s inauguration of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage bore his imprimatur.”
“He is in constant touch with his officials and security chiefs and has directed them to stamp out every form of criminality in the country,” the statement read.
“If Alhaji Atiku is concerned about security issues and not playing cheap politics, he should have known that President Tinubu is on top of issues and working hard to restore peace to every part of our country.”