Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s criticisms of President Buhari’s Independence Day speech. Shehu, in a statement on Monday, maintained that it was unfair for the group to blame the recent unrest in the southeast region on the federal government.
“President Buhari was not abdicating his responsibilities. He didn’t request any political leader to do anything seminal or out of the box.
“All he says is, talk to your out-of-the-line-youth so that we have some peace. Igbo leaders need not to be on the defensive for the misbehaviour of the IPOB which they rightly condemned,” he said.
Shehu stated that the President was simply saying that the regional leaders also had a role to play in keeping their hot-headed youth in check.
“President Buhari was simply calling out the regional leaders to their responsibilities, making them aware of the crucial role they can play.
“This should not be seen as an attack on the Ohaneze or on any other regional leaders.”
Shehu also reacted to other criticisms of the President’s speech, particularly the declaration that all matters of restructuring or constitutional amendment are the business of the National Assembly.
“It beats our imagination that men claiming to be democrats or having democratic credentials are asking the government to ignore an elected parliament in preference to a committee made up of presidential appointees to debate and resolve constitutional issues.
“You are either for democracy or for its opposite. For us in this government, democracy is the country’s chosen system of government and we are determined to deepen and uphold it.
“Democracy may be slow and chaotic, but it remains the best system of government the world has got so far.
“We inherited a country in tatters- its economy, its security and its social relations. President Buhari deserves credit for rebuilding what has been destroyed.
“If anyone thinks this a failure, let them talk to those millions of farmers we have empowered to create riches for themselves and the nation, for whom fertilizer is available everywhere at the regulated price of N5,500 instead of N13,800, a year ago.
“Let them ask the manufacturers and importers of goods who bought the Dollar at N525:00 and are happy that it is down to N360:00 and still improving.
“Let them go back and read the accomplishments highlighted in the speech, to see the advancements in security, agriculture, the ease of doing business and anti-corruption, to mention a few,’’ he stressed.
Shehu also condemned those he described as professional critics who were fond of attacking or criticizing meaningful government policies and programmes with the hope of being “settled’’.
He said: “As for those critics who are used to being settled by successive governments, with false claims to being so-called conscience of society popping out from the cupboard on and off to drive the country towards religious and ethnic polarization, they have no other motive but to rock the boat of good governance.
“What they yearn for is to be picked out to be paid to keep quiet. The Buhari government has abolished ‘settlement’.
“Polarizing speeches that aggravate Nigerian against a brother Nigerian are causing damage to our democracy, rocking at the very foundation of our unity and they better not cross those red lines as warned by the President.”
Real Madrid will be without Dani Carvajal ‘indefinitely’ because of heart problems.
The La Liga champions just published a medical report on the right-back on Saturday night.
“Following tests carried out on Dani Carvajal, he has been diagnosed with a viral pericardium infection. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” the statement read.
Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, will also be without Marcelo or Theo Hernandez against Espanyol on Sunday, meaning he will most likely have to start Achraf Hakimi on the right side of the defensive line as Nacho will play as a left back.
Zidane could also start Lucas Vázquez on the right if he feels Achraf isn’t ready to start just yet.
Carvajal recently signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2022.
The new deal sees his release clause rise to an eye-watering £308million.
Manchester City have confirmed Sergio Aguero was involved in a car accident on Thursday night , but said the extent of his injuries are not yet known.
City, in an official statement, say Aguero will return to Manchester today and will then be assessed by doctors.
“Sergio Aguero will be assessed by Club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday.
“The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries.
“He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Chelsea,” the club statement read.
Aguero was in a taxi heading to the airport in Amsterdam, after attending a concert when it veered off the road and crashed into a lamppost.
Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, has been involved in a car accident, according to multiple reports.
The incident took place in Amsterdam, Holland, with Aguero inside a taxi heading to the airport, after attending a concert.
According to reports, the Argentine who was wearing his seat belt, suffered broken ribs as a result of the crash, in which the taxi carrying the City star apparently hit a pole.
Dutch police have confirmed to Sky Sports News, that two people had been taken to hospital, but did not disclose the identity of the individuals.
Aguero’s former club Independiente seemingly confirmed the news with a tweet wishing the forward well, saying: “Strength and quick recovery. All Independiente is with you in this difficult time”.
The reports claim that Aguero will be out of action for an extended period of time, although there has as yet been no official confirmation from either Manchester City or the Argentina national team.
The player will most likely miss this weekend’s clash at Chelsea.
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has slammed those agitating for Biafra.
Obasajo said those clamouring for the disintegration of the nation were only waiting for ship at the airport.
The ex-soldier in an interview with a Liberian-based news portal, AfricanArgument, said the agitators don’t event know what the struggle was all about.
“The protesters don’t even know what the struggle is all about, but if it gives them false hope, why not hang onto it? Let the elders handle it or ignore it until it loses momentum.
“There are elders in any community who are still respected…After all, they’re their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and can still be used effectively,” he said.
On federalism, Obasanjo said he does not believe in it and that those talking about devaluation and true federalism don’t know what they were talking about.
“I don’t believe in true federalism. What is true federalism? Why are they not accountable? What powers do they not have?
Obasanjo also carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari for not doing enough on unemployment and recession.
He added, “In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth.”
“If anybody tells you they want devolution or true federalism, he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
He advised that if “youth empowerment, skill acquisition and youth employment – education are provided the ticking bomb of possible youth explosion out of restiveness and anger will subside. In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president.”