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Presidency to Atiku: Your statement on national issues ‘reckless’, Tinubu already addressing security, economic challenges

Former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

*The Federal Government describes former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s recent statement on pressing national issues as ‘reckless’, noting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is in constant touch with his officials and Security Chiefs to stamp out every form of criminality in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has responded to former Nigerian Vice-President

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s statement, accusing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of fiddling amidst some security and economic challenges in the West African country.

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, in a statement Tuesday, January 30, 2024, noted the Presidency has described Atiku’s pronouncement on such pressing national issues as “reckless”.

Onanuga stated: “Coming days after he made an equally reckless allegation against the President on the crude for loan deal for NNPC Limited, his latest statement fell short of what is expected from an elder statesman.

“We like to believe that Alhaji Atiku is still not nursing hangover of his electoral defeat and now latches on any issue to attack President Tinubu.”

The Nigerian Government argued that President Tinubu did not travel without informing Nigerians of his whereabout.

“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 (Tuesday, January 30, 2024) inauguration of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage bore his imprimatur,” said the Presidential aide on Information and Strategy.

The government also clarified that the Nigerian leader “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 further noted: “He (Tinubu) has particularly ordered them to apprehend those criminals responsible for the murder of two monarchs in Ekiti State and the kidnapping of some pupils in the state.

“We are already seeing results with the arrest of over 139 kidnappers around Abuja, Kaduna and Benue States in the last one week.”

It explained: “The Police Special Intervention Squad (SIS) and DSS have also rescued 154 abducted persons in the last few days.

“Just last week, President Tinubu approved N50 billion as Special Fund to address some of the lingering security challenges in North-East where Alhaji Atiku hails from.”

Onanuga as well said in a move to tackle the disturbing kidnapping challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), President Tinubu also approved funds for the acquisition of equipment to track criminals.

The government stated: “If Alhaji Atiku is really 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.

“Our security agencies are working very hard to bring the security situation under control.”

The statement added: “President Tinubu is giving them all the necessary support they need to win the battle against criminal elements and secure every inch of our country.”

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