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Garba Shehu Disagrees With Buhari, Says Nigeria Is Strong, Moving, Not Collapsing
In the case of ’employee fights employer’ is replicating in series of statements made by President Mohammadu Buhari, and his Media Aide, Garba Shehu.
The President’s statement has come contrary to what his media personnel, Shehu said while replying the 2015 Bring Back Our Girls covener, and a former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, that Nigeria is heading towards the threshold of collapse.
Dr Ezekwesili was reported to had made the claim during an appearance on Sunday Politics with Channels TV, urging those in government to accept that the country is “not in a good place at all” as a step to solving the challenges bedevilling the nation.
While responding to the statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, during the programme through a phone call dismissed the claim, saying, “If the country is collapsing, it is collapsing somebody’s dream.” He urged such a person to “wake up” and rescue the dream.
“Nothing Is Collapsing,” he declared. “The country is strong, moving on”.
The president’s media man further made instatnce to 2019 election which its presidential part is still court, that the fact that democratic elections are held winners are declared.
“You win or you lose,” he said, stressing that those who lost elections were behind much of the criticism against the government.
“Having lost the elections, they are devising new ways so that they can grab power. So, let’s see how they can contest and get power,” he said.
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Shehu’s stance in his statement, to an extent, goes contrary to the position of the President Mohammadu Buhari’s statement while admonishing members of the National Youth Service Corps in his Daura country home, Katsina State.
President Muhammadu Buhar, according to reports, said that the National Youth Service Corps, the Armed Forces and the Police are the only bodies uniting Nigeria, saying this is why corps members in particular, should re-dedicate themselves to uniting Nigeria.
The President was reported to had called on corps members to use their education “to live up to the expectation of the founding fathers” to keep Nigeria together.
He said this when he received the NYSC corps members in his Daura country home, Katsina State, on Sunday when corps members paid him Sallah homage, Punch reports.
The President had received the corps members in company with the visiting President of Republic of Guinea, Prof. lfa Conde.
He specifically mentioned the NYSC, the police and soldiers as the “only” bodies keeping Nigeria united.
“From Lagos, Port Harcourt and other parts of the country, you are at the end of the country. This posting will make you know this place, Daura, and you can disabuse the minds of those who are not educated about the other side of the country.
“It is only the NYSC that is merging (uniting) us together and of course, the police and soldiers,” a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted the President as telling the NYSC members.