President to Saraki: Allegation of ‘Government within Government’ is Fiction

The Presidency has asked the Senate President Bukola Saraki to identify those he said have hijacked power from President Muhammadu Buhari, otherwise his allegation is merely a fiction.
After appearing before a Federal High Court in Abuja for forgery on Monday, Saraki had issued a statement in which he alleged that Buhari was operating “a government within the government.’’
But the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, reacting to Saraki’s accusation, said for failing to give name of those behind the hijack, the allegation was not worth the paper on which it was written, “as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.”
Adesina said in a statement: “President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, claims there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari’’ which has allegedly seized the apparatus of executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.
“This claim by Senator Saraki would have been more worth the while, if it had been backed with more information.
“If he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the “government within the government,” it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture.
“But as it stands, the allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state. It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.
“Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed, a criminal act has been committed. But we leave the courts to judge.
“To claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous.
“It is not in the character of our President.’’

Author: News Editor

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