According to reports, the Presidency has described as “routine warning” the recent statement made by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, that some politicians are wooing top military officers for undisclosed reasons.
Presidential Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, said this on Tuesday, therefore, enjoined Nigerians not to make it an issue.
Adesina spoke during a media chat with State House correspondents in Abuja, marking the Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency. He addressed the media alongside two Senior Media Aides, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande.
According to him, “The Army has spoken and let us take that position. What the Chief of Army Staff said was a routine warning that goes to military officers, don’t hobnob with politicians and the army has explained the position.
“Let’s take that position and not stretch it beyond what the military has said because they are the ones that can give us the definitive position and they have spoken on it.’’
On the achievements of the APC-led government in the last two years, Adesina insisted the party has met the expectations of Nigerians.
He spoke further, “People can always express their opinions, there is liberty on that but you don’t have a scientific survey that has given you the percentage of people that believed that the APC has failed.
“The second point is that, when a government via a party is voted into office, it is voted for a four year term under our own democratic arrangement.
“When you have spent two years which is like a midterm, the first half of a game, you don’t then determined that it has succeeded or it has failed.
“No. You can be accused of being atomistic using a small part to determine the whole. You can’t write the report card of this administration when it is just hitting the half way mark, that will not be fair.
“This administration will take Nigeria far beyond how it met it. So if anybody says APC has failed just tell them is too early in the day because is a four year-term and this is just two years. You don’t reach definitive conclusions in two years.’’
Garba Shehu, addressed the human rights record of the Buhari administration, saying “The Human rights records of this administration are impeccable, there are unimpeachable. I think we should avoid speaking in general terms.
“The thing to do is to pin point specific cases to buttress assertions that people make and then we can tackle them.
“As we speak to you now, we are not aware that the administration of Muhammadu Buhari is in breach of the constitution of Nigeria with regards to the protection of the rights of Nigerians.
“Journalists in this country ought to bear testimony on this, there is no single journalist that has been expelled from his duty because he has reported or failed to report, there is no single journalist who is in government detention because they have expressed some views that the government does not like.
“I assure that if anybody tries to do otherwise the president will not allow him to get away with it.’’
Speaking on alleged weak prosecution of corruption cases, Laolu Akande reacted this way, “The truth of the matter is that our criminal justice system does need a profound and deep reform.
“The important thing is that this government is working on it. As a matter of fact now, the Acting President has put together a national coordination prosecution team for all the prosecution trying to see how in the medium term we can bring some progress.
“But also working on judicial sector reforms on the long term on criminal justice system to strengthen both the investigation and prosecution at the courts.