Thank your stars we are operating a truly democratic govt, Buhari tells Northern youths - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Thank your stars we are operating a truly democratic govt, Buhari tells Northern youths

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By Our Correspondent

The Presidency has told the Coalition Against Killings in Northern Nigeria (CAKIN) who on Monday called on the Federal Government to end the killings in the northern part of the country or they will shut down the government in 14 days that they should thank their stars that Nigeria is operating a truly democratic government.


Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement,on Tuesday said that this government has done more than any other – elected or not elected – to curtail and beat back the terrorists

He said, “For a start, if the group dared to issue such a comment under non-democratic method, they would have met a swift and harsh retribution from a dictatorial government.

“They should thank their stars that we are operating a truly democratic government where the rights of free speech are guaranteed and protected.

“This government has done more than any other – elected or not elected – to curtail and beat back the terrorists.

“Similarly, no government has done more to foster democracy and freedom of speech in Nigeria than the current administration

The Presidency also assured Nigerians that major forests in North Western Nigeria have been identified as home to the bandits and military operations will clear all these forests

He said the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

President Buhari admonishes that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations, urging “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.