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Be responsible, dont push Nigeria towards Somalia, Buhari chides TY Danjuma, others

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Urges prominent Nigerians not to threaten national security 
•Commends the military efforts across the country 
Jude Johnson 

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari in a veiled response to prominent citizens of the country, especially the former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who have in various fora voiced their frustration about the level of insecurity in the country, warned them to be measured in their outbursts so as not to turn Nigeria into Somalia.

Buhari in a statement on Saturday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Garba Shehu, rather appealed “to prominent Nigerians, who have national influence, to use their influence wisely and not continue to engage in public declarations that are likely to inflame emotional passions and threaten National Security”.

The President expressed worry 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.

He warned: “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 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.”

“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.”

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