Nigerians fume over Buhari’s reference to Civil War

Nigerians fume over Buhari’s reference to Civil War

Angry reactions from Nigerians have continued to trail remarks credited to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he had threatened to deal with promoters of secession in Nigeria.

1st News reports that Buhari made the remarks yesterday, Tuesday June 1, 2021.

Specifically, Buhari had threatened to treat those who did not understand the travails of war in a manner that they would understand; noting that a rude shock awaits those promoting insurrection and burning critical national assets across the country.

Meanwhile, Buhari gave the warning after he received a briefing from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the State House, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Yakubu had briefed the president on a series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body around the country. However, the president disclosed that it was the handiwork of enemies of his administration.

Buhari said: “I receive daily security reports on the attacks…It is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail.

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“Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

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Furthermore, the president recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election; adding that his experience showed that the majority of the people wanted him as president.

Consequently, he said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian civil war; even as he promised to deal with them.

But 1st News reports that the comments have ignited a storm of reactions from Nigerians on social media.

Accordingly, a number of users have expressed their disgust and reservations to the position held by the president; noting that Nigeria’s precarious state of insecurity required a higher level of engagement than a resort to threats.

For another school of thought, Buhari’s comments was a clear intent of his aversion for the South East. They noted that his threats were a veiled inference to some of the atrocities committed against the South East during the Biafra War; as well as agitations by groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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Equally important, 1st News has put together some of the reactions from Nigerians below.

 

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