The Presidency has backed the Department of State Service’s statement that some “misguided elements” are plotting to throw the country into turmoil with their criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The presidency in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, said the attempt to wreck havoc on the government and corporate existence of the country is championed by “disgruntled religious and past political leaders.”
Adesina noted that the goal of the critics is to compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.
He said the “disruptive elements” have been recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening a conference, where a vote of no confidence will be passed on the President, which would throw the nation into further turmoil.
Adesina added; “The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.
“The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.
“Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.
“These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country. But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process.”
The DSS had on Sunday said the critics of President Buhari were doing so with the intention of causing the disintegration of the country.
The secret police warned that it would no longer tolerate unguarded utterances from those it described as “misguided elements.”