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President Buhari will not be distracted by unholy criticism- Presidency

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will not be distracted by unholy criticisms demanding for his resignation.

A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says President Buhari is determined to justify his election.

The statement is in reaction to recent criticism by the PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, suggesting that President Buhari should resign for instigating the ongoing investigation against public officers and agencies on corrupt practices.

It states that the PDP cannot scare the government from probing the grave allegations made against MDAs and their chiefs, pointing out that failure to do so will amount to a historic betrayal of public trust.

The statement says that in a democracy, an opposition party is as critical to the system as the ruling party, but that in the case of Nigeria, the leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values.

It emphasises that the President will continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations.

The statement says the National Assembly, by virtue of its right to conduct oversight function, is currently carrying out its own investigations, just as the security and intelligence agencies are equally doing their part.

It says they must be given time and space to conclude their works and present their reports.

The statement concludes that the PDP cannot subject Nigeria’s democracy to underground attacks and continue to pretend that they are well-meaning.

Abdullah Bello

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