…says relationship with Osinbajo perfect
resident Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the recent statments of a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma about the level of insecurity in Nigeria and efforts by the government to tackle it.
Danjuma, a former ally of the President, had lately been very critical of the current administration following the worsening insecurity in Taraba, his home state and other parts of the North East region.
He had, sometime last year, alleged that the Nigeria Armed Forces were not neutral in the conflicts in parts of the country but were rather colluding with terrorists, bandits and insurgents to commit atrocities against Nigerians.
Danjuma, a veteran of the Nigeria/ Biafran war had at the same platform urged Nigerian to defend themselves against the terrorists and insurgents or be wiped out one after the other.
These comments did not go down well with the Federal Government, particularly as Nigerians regarded the criticisms as a vote of no confidence in the Buhari administration.
But in an exclusive chat with The Interview magazine by email and released at the weekend, President Buhari said that the opinion of Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (rtd) cannot be more important than that of millions of Nigerians who voted for his reelection last year.
Asked if he was concerned about the vote of low confidence expressed by Danjuma during a recent book launch in Ibadan, Buhari countered the argument thus: “And what is the vote of confidence of Nigerians in me, as expressed in the polls last year? That is what matters more, not the opinion of one man.”
Danjuma had at the ceremony said if he says what he knows about the goings on in the government, Nigerians would lose sleep.
The comment has been viewed in some quarters as a further expression of lack of confidence in Buhari’s government, and a blow from a man who is widely believed to have been one of Buhari’s major financial pillars.
The president, however, said his re-election was a vindication of his voters’ confidence and support for him and his government’s policies.
On his relationship with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said things were “perfect”, between them.
When he was asked to rate his relationship with his deputy on a scale of one to ten, the President replied: “Perfect. Or has he complained to you?”
The chat with The Interview Magazine is regarded in many cycles “as a window on what the President is thinking about some of the most important issues of his second term so far, from the Economic Advisory Council to the rule of law; and from his relationship with his deputy and 2023 to the country’s debt profile.”
He also commented on the insinuation that a “cabal” runs his government; his promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty; and criticisms that his claim that he is now a “reformed democrat”, is fake.
President Buhari had in the last four and a half years refrained from holding open chats with the Nigerian media, a situation that has left citizens guessing what he thinks or believes about happenings in Nigeria and the world at large.