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President Buhari’s aide speaks on rumoured coup plot by Army officers

President Muhammadu Buhari and Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity

Mr. Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a recent statement yesterday in Aso Villa, urged Nigerians to ignore recent media reports on Coup plot. He said that citizens should not stretch the report beyond what the military had said.

Adesina noted that what the Army Chief Tukur Burati said was about army officers involved in politics (“routine warning that goes to military officers’’).

He issued the statement at a media chat with State House Correspondent to mark President Buhari administrations two years in office yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The Army has spoken and let us take that position. What the Chief of Army Staff said was a routine warning that goes to military officers, don’t hobnob with politicians and the army has explained the position.

“Let’s take that position and not stretch it beyond what the military has said because they are the ones that can give us the definitive position and they have spoken on it.’’

Mr. Adesina also said that it was unfair to judge Buhari’s performance within his first two years. He vehemently condemned insinuations that the President Buhari’s administration had failed with its promises and obligations despite the hardship experienced by Nigerians

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“People can always express their opinions, there is liberty on that but you don’t have a scientific survey that has given you the percentage of people that believed that the APC has failed.

“The second point is that, when a government via a party is voted into office, it is voted for a four year term under our own democratic arrangement.

“When you have spent two years which is like a midterm, the first half of a game, you don’t then determined that it has succeeded or it has failed.

“No. You can be accused of being atomistic using a small part to determine the whole. You can’t write the report card of this administration when it is just hitting the half way mark, that will not be fair.

“This administration will take Nigeria far beyond how it met it. So if anybody says APC has failed just tell them is too early in the day because is a four year-term and this is just two years. You don’t reach definitive conclusions in two years.’’

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