The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has disclosed that those asking the President to resign from office will be questioned irrespective of who they are.
In his words, they “will be asked to come and answer some certain questions”.
Adesina made this known while Fielding questions from Channels Television on Monday.
In the meantime, Nigerians have recalled how in 2013, Buhari had asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to vacate office for “failing” to tackle insecurity and hence, he shouldn’t be staying either given the rate of insecurity in the country.
The call for Buhari’s resignation cuts across the geo-political spectrum of the country.
Recently, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had asked Buhari to leave office over his inability to protect Nigerians after the attack on rice farmers in Zabarmari, a community in Jere, Borno State.
Many also criticized his lack of empathy, and inability to visit victims, and general ineptitude perceived to be the hallmark of his administration.
There have also been a series of schoolchildren abductions in Zamfara, Niger, Katsina and the ugly violence between farmers and killer herdsmen which is fast deteriorating into ethnic conflict.
Adesina established that although freedom of speech is an attribute of a democratic government, comments that have the tendency to stoke tension in the country may be questioned.
“Under a democracy, people have freedom of speech,” he said.
“This is peculiar to democracy but that freedom also has boundaries. There is no freedom that doesn’t have boundaries otherwise it will injure the person who is utilizing it.”
“If anyone is saying such things [asking Buhari to resign] under a democracy, it is allowed. But when it bothers on causing chaos and turning the country into a chaos field, that person will be asked to come and answer some certain questions.”
He admitted the country is facing serious challenges but insisted “both the security agencies and the president need to be encouraged.”
“If all we do is to come out with criticism, then we are part of the problem and not the solution,” he said.