Federal Government reacts to impeachment threat by the Senate against Buhari

Federal Government reacts to impeachment threat by the Senate against Buhari

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has described statements attributed to terrorists in a recent viral video threatening to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai as ‘laughable.’

According to Mohammed, who briefed State House Correspondents shortly after the President presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting, such an approach was mere propaganda.

The Minister, on the other hand, hinted that President Buhari would convene a security council meeting on Thursday in light of emerging threats to the country from terrorist groups emboldened by the successful jailbreak at Abuja’s Kuje correctional center.

Aside from that, the Minister indicated that the Federal Government was considering asylum for a number of Cameroonian wanting to take refuge in Nigeria.

Lai, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouk, stated that a standard operating procedure would be followed to determine whether the asylum seekers were terrorists or not.

All of these plans are being considered as the nation’s capital faces security threats from terrorist organizations.

Lai while explaining the rationale for the FEC deliberations, said that, “The issue of the standard operating procedure for asylum seekers from Cameroon is not a matter that started today. The issue of the separatist movement in Cameroon is many years old and every day, because of the proximity of Cameroon to Nigeria, we’ve witnessed an influx of refugees, seeking asylum, and under international regulations, there are certain procedures you must take for asylum seekers.

“So, all we have done today is to establish the standard procedure to ensure that those who claim to be asylum seekers are actually not insurgents themselves that have come to destabilize Nigeria or people who will come and be launching attacks against their own country from the comfort of Nigeria.

“On the security situation. I want to assure you that the President is aware of all these and as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the President is taking lightly, and like I’ll always, say some of the measures we’re going to take are not measure that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.

“As to those who have issued threats to Mr. President, I think it’s more of propaganda than anything. It’s laughable”.

Meanwhile, in response to the National Assembly’s threat to impeach the President and give him six months to overhaul the security architecture, Lai stated, “As rightly stated, it was passed while we were deliberating, but we thank them for their patriotism and concern, but we are working round the clock, 24 hours a day to ensure that the situation is brought under control.”

“I want to reassure you that the government is up to the task of ensuring security. Security challenges will come anywhere in the world, the important thing is the fact that you do not lose focus and you continue to work assiduously to overcome it. I want to assure you we are going to overcome,” he stated.

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