The Presidency today asked those it called senior citizens to refrain from comments that are capable of setting the state on fire.
The government through a statement made available to the Nigeria Politics Online on Saturday said comments such as those asking Nigerians to take to arms to defend themselves were capable of threatening national security In a veiled response to recent comment by former Chief of Army Staff General Theopilus Danjuma, Government said there are available avenues through which the likes of Danjuma could offer useful advice instead of promoting violence.
The statement signed by presidential aide Garba Shehu, said, “The Presidency is very worried that criminal gangs will feel justified in defying legal governing and democratic institutions, and authority of legitimately elected democratic government if unrestrained pronouncements are made.”
The government said it is both shocking and scary to hear the recent comments by a senior citizen calling for Nigerians to defend themselves.
It added, “The Presidency commends the Nigerian military’s efforts to maintain peace and stability, despite being pulled in various directions by elements determined to destabilize 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?
“We advise 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.”