*Presidency warns against planned protest
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday engaged the Nigerian presidency on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerians to hold rallies and demonstrations over what it called “discontentment against a failed administration…”
The presidency on Saturday issued a preemptive statement alleging that a protest was being planned by opposition political parties against the nation’s security service chiefs.
President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, insinuated in the statement, which judicialsketch.com obtained, that the blame for the president’s rapidly declining popularity among the populace should be place on the shoulders of the opposition.
He also blamed the opposition for inciting protests against the service chiefs, saying about 2000 people have been hired by them to carry out a rally on Monday, adding that even the press are becoming unwitting tools in the hands of the opposition.
Shehu claimed that the widely circulated video clip showing people in Maiduguri expressing displeasure to the president was being promoted by the opposition to embarrass the government.
“This imminent gathering is the latest in a series of demonstrations orchestrated by the opposition to embarrass the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. As part of this overall scheme, the PDP, with its belligerent politics, has been marching from one embassy to the other in protest against the Buhari administration and the nation’s highest court of justice, the Supreme Court,” he said in the statement.
But the main opposition party, the PDP, was quick to dismiss the allegations by the presidency as derisory, self-indicting and diversionary, saying the presidency was only confused in the face of “discontentment” by Nigerians.
PDP said the presidency was only been diversionary by blackmailing the media and opposition because it could no longer face Nigerians over its “manifest failure to deal with those behind acts of insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and escalated violence under its watch.”
“It is clear to all, including even the Presidency, that Nigerians across board, have been in protest against the Buhari-led APC administration and need nobody to mobilize them to publicly exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights any day to register their discontentment against a failed administration that has continued to live on propaganda, excuses and denials,” the party said in a statement.