Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, is of the opinion that killing of political opponents in Nigeria is not a new thing.
Shehu made the contentious statement while countering claims made by former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, that Nigeria is fast heading towards the threshold where it could collapse one day.
Ezekwesili who spoke in on a programme of Channels TV, Sunday Politics, had said:
“Initially, I kept saying that we were a fragile country. Now, we are fast-heading towards the threshold where you have a state collapse and we can’t stand watching while that happens.”
She hinged the nation’s imminent collapse on the security situation, the economy, social cohesion and political stability.
“When these four things are in the negative, then you are fast-heading towards what is known as state collapse,” she added.
However, Mallam Garba Shehu who joined the discussion via a phone call, said nothing is collapsing and also added that those making the claim are bitter over losing the 2019 Presidential election.
The Presidential spokesperson further argued that the security challenges ravaging the nation predates the Buhari administration, stating that armed robberies and killing of political opponents are not new, and have been happening before Buhari became President.
“If the country is collapsing, it is collapsing somebody’s dream. Nothing is collapsing. The country is strong, moving on. Killing of political opponents is not a new thing. You win or you lose. Having lost the elections, they are devising new ways so that they can grab power. So, let’s see how they can contest and get power,” he said.