Benue Killings: Presidency Refutes Constitutional Violation Claim
The Presidency has disagreed with the General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Musa Asake, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to curb the attacks of the Fulani herdsmen, is a clear indication of constitutional violations.
A statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, said it was totally wrong for the CAN scribe to pass judgment on decision or actions of the Buhari led administration.
According to Shehu, Dr Asake failed to provide valid evidence to justify his claims of constitutional violations.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports of a news conference by General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr Musa Asake in which he passed a judgment on the constitutionality of certain actions of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“Unfortunately, he could not cite any valid cases of constitutional violations. President Muhammadu’s government poses no threat to the country’s democracy and Constitution. There are no cases of any violation of our sacred constitution and there will be none under this President.’’
The presidential aide advised Asake to always shun acts capable of creating socio-political unrest, and stick to his religious duties.
“The respected religious leader should stick to his religious duties and leave politics for politicians.’’
Briefing journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday, Dr. Musa Asake, accused Buhari of creating the impression that he was in power to serve only the interests of his Fulani ethnic group.
Asake regretted that the president had also failed to protect Nigerians by willfully permitting herdsmen to kill, destroy communities and turn the entire Middle Belt into a killing field, while enjoying government’s protection from counter attack, arrest or prosecution.
“The murderous Fulani herdsmen have enjoyed unprecedented protection and favour to the extent they have begun to treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. And rather than prosecute them, the security forces, usually manned by Muslims from the North, offer them protection, he said.
“By failing to curb the attacks of the Fulani herdsmen, President Buhari has failed to uphold Section 14, Para. 2 (b) of the Constitution that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
“The Christian Association of Nigeria has reviewed the catalogue of horrendous and inhuman attacks on several states and mostly Benue State from 2013 to 2019. The impression has now been firmly established that the Islamists of the North have ‘legalised jihad’ in Nigeria,” Asake said