The statement by Mr. Femi Adesina on behalf of President Buhari to the senate president is not only unpresidential, it also failed to convincingly dismiss the widely held view of Nigerians that, indeed, there is a government within the government of President Buhari.
“It is instructive to note that the Senate President is not the first Nigerian to express such observations.
Meanwhile, The All Progressives Congress in Kwara State on Tuesday said it supported the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki’s view that “there is a government within the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The party also faulted the President Buhari’s response in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The party made this known in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari.
Instead of embarking on a “futile drive to denounce and dismiss the obvious,” the APC in the state said it expected the Presidency to embrace introspection and take right steps in the interest of the nation.
This, according to the publicity secretary, is to forestall the wrath of Nigerians who are getting weary of excuses for the numerous challenges facing the country.
He also accused Adesina of trying to create discord between President Buhari and the Senate leadership.
“The Senate President, through the press statement he personally signed, only called the attention of the Nigeria Gogernment to the danger ahead if the ugly situation is permitted to fester.
“In fact, the statement by Mr. Adesina is the clearest indication that a government exists within the government of President Buhari. The President that we know, the President that we have worked with, the President that we have worked for, the President that we voted for, would not have directed his media adviser to issue such an unpresidential statement. That statement is a confirmation of the Senate President’s observation.
“The intention of people like Adesina in the Villa is to create a discord between Mr. President and the Senate President, but that will never happen.
“It is the same cabal that embarrassed President Buhari himself by padding the 2016 national budget, including the budget of Aso Rock, to the extent of inflating some figures in the Villa expenditures.
“It is the same cabal that has made it nearly impossible for many ministers and Special Advisers to have access to Mr. President. The Presidency should be reminded that a cabal hijacked and destroyed the government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.”