Presidency Dismisses Rumours Of Packaging ‘An Interim Govt Or Even Worse, The Truncation of Democracy’


REASSURING WORDS FROM HIS CORNER … President Muhammadu Buhari.

Barely a week to the commencement of voting in the forthcoming polls, the Presidency on Friday came out stoutly denying rumours that Nigeria’s 2023 General Elections could be jeopardised, as it allegedly plots to install an interim government to succeed the outgoing administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, come May 29, 2023.

According to the Presidency, there was also no shred of truth in speculations that the Naira swap was purportedly contrived as a tenure elongation strategy to keep the President in office beyond the constitutionally designated date of May 29, 2023.

In statement titled: STOP THE JOKE ABOUT INTERIM GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS WILL HOLD, a copy of which was obtained by The News Room, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu, wrote: “Let us clearly, specifically and emphatically state that there is absolutely no truth to the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is working towards an interim government or even worse, the truncation of democracy- democracy that he has helped to keep alive not only here at home, in West Africa but throughout the continent.

“The talk of interim government and truncation of democracy is way off the mark. Those who peddle it stand to gain nothing- nothing at all -but the creation of panic and the incitement of the public against the Federal Government. It is another dangerous dimension by people who are afraid that they may lose their elections.

“Everybody is aware that there is a lot of pressure on everyone-all of us- the party, its elected officials, its candidates and law enforcement agencies following the way the currency swap has gone but the way to go is not to panic.

“There is indeed a problem, and nobody will pretend that it doesn’t exist. It is precisely because the President is concerned with this problem that he opened several avenues for consultation with leaders and groups across the country, culminating in his broadcast to the nation on Thursday morning.”

The President’s spokesperson explained that, pursuant to the speech, the President enunciated a directive for prompt resolution of the cash supply problem.

“While this is being done, there is no need to panic. We need to work together as leaders; as a people and as one nation. When panic hits, people go into overdrive. Shouting helps no one because no one can listen.

“The solution to the problem is not in sending Nigerians into confusion.
Elections, just a week ahead, will hold and Nigerians will vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, (and any others if they so wish) on the basis of their choice.

“Our people want progress, good governance, law and order and will not be swayed by the negative energy that is being expended against a well-meaning currency change,” Shehu said.

Delving into more partisan affairs of the ruling APC, he said: “Finally, to state that: the President clearly has a favoured successor in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not in doubt.

“The fact that Tinubu has been opposed to the speed and timing of the Naira swap timetable does not mean he is against the idea of Nigeria becoming a cashless society. Of course, Tinubu does support a cashless society: for he is a man of the future.”

On the sanctity of the May 29, 2023, handover date by the Buhari administration to that of elected successor, Shehu said: “What should be made crystal clear to the doubters and the speculators and the untruth-tellers is that in no way was the naira swap ‘engineered’ to keep the President in office beyond May 29. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“The President looks forward to handing over the reins of power to his elected successor. This will happen on May 29, 2023, as the Constitution requires it.

“The days of unelected Nigerian leaders, and those who outstay their welcome by unconstitutionally extending it, have gone.”

Instructively, Shehu had in an introductory remark to his statement stated thus: “Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda Chief of Adolf Hitler, said, ‘Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth’. This was in the 1930s, before the internet was birthed.”

Any wonder then that Shehu’s statement followed momentous claims by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, his official state broadcast on Thursday evening?

El-Rufai had claimed in that broadcast that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and his supporters within the Presidency purportedly plan to make life difficult for Nigerians.

El-Rufai had alleged that they are undermining the works of the government in order to see to it that the forthcoming elections do not hold.

El-Rufai had averred that the final goal is to see that the military takes over Nigeria, allegedly compelled by a need to intercede to rescue a multitude of Nigerians from miserable existence.

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