Use Your Influence Wisely, Presidency Appeals to Prominent Nigerians
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
The Presidency, Nigeria’s seat of authorities has appealed to prominent Nigerians, who have national influence, to use their influence wisely and desist from engaging in public declarations likely to inflame emotional passions and threaten National Security.
A statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Sheu stated that the Presidency was very worried that criminal gangs would feel justified in defying legal governing and democratic institutions, and authority of legitimately elected democratic government if unrestrained pronouncements are made.
“Silence can be dignified, but sometimes it can be misinterpreted and exploited. It is both shocking and scary to hear the recent comments by a senior citizen calling for Nigerians to defend themselves,” the statement submitted.
However, the Presidency has commended the efforts of the military in maintaining peace and stability, despite being pulled in various directions by elements determined to destabilise the country and government for their selfish reasons.
“What country would survive if its citizens rise against the country’s organized, trained and equipped military?” the statement asked.
The Presidency therefore advised former leaders to take advantage of the various fora where people with a history of national security can offer advice to the government without resorting to the exploitation of emotional sentiments.
“The civil war motto: “TO KEEP NIGERIA ONE IS A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE” rings very timely at this time in our nation’s history. We must be careful to avoid the mess that destroyed other African countries like Somalia,” the seat of power warned.