The Nigerian Presidency has said that the rule of law will take its course in the incident concerning security agents in the nation’s seat of power that resulted in the arrest of the security aides of the first lady, Aisha Buhari.
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The First Lady had ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to release her aides, but the statement from the Presidency, by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), which said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not at any time in any danger during the incident, insisted that “Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.”
The statement also wondered why some critics were latching onto what it described as ‘a minor occurrence’ to justify attacks on the government and person of the President.
Full text of the statement read:
PRESIDENCY STATEMENT ON THE SECURITY INCIDENT IN THE STATE HOUSE ON THURSDAY
The Presidency wishes to acknowledge concerns expressed by several members of the public regarding the recent incident among the occupants of the State House which escalation led to the arrest of some staff by the police.
This is to assure all and everyone that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, is not, and was not at anytime in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel which is currently under investigation.
This particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President.
Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.
Having authorized the proper investigation to be carried out into this unfortunate incident by the Police, the President has acted in compliance with the rule of law.
That a minor occurrence is being used by some critics to justify attacks on the government and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari beggars belief.
In this particular instance, the President says the law should be allowed to take its course.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 14, 2020