By Sadiq Umar – The Presidency on Monday fired at the Senate President, Bukola Saraki over a statement credited to him that “there is government within the government” of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the “allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written.”
The Presidency said the claim by the President of the Senate would have been taken beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture if backed by more information.
In a statement titled: “Senator Saraki And The Fictive Cabal” and signed by Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, the Presidency said “to claim that President Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous.”
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, claims there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari”, which has allegedly seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.
“This claim by Senator Saraki would have been more worth the while, if it had been backed with more information. If he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the “government within the government,” it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture. But as it stands, the allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state. It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not. Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed, a criminal act has been committed. But we leave the courts to judge.
“To claim that President Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous. It is not in the character of our President.”
Special Adviser to the President
Media and Publicity
June 27, 2016