We’ll treat those calling for war in language they understand – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that “rude shock” awaits those people promoting insurrection and burning critical national assets across the country.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement said Buhari gave the warning after he received briefing from chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the State House on Tuesday in Abuja.

Yakubu briefed the president on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body round the country.

Buhari said: “I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail.

“Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want.

“Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”

The president recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election, “and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.”

He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian civil war.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.

“We are going to be very hard sooner than later,” Buhari said.

On the dangers posed to future elections by the burning of INEC facilities, Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needs to operate, “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term.”

Yakubu told the president that there have been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices in 14 states. Most of them happened in the last seven months, he said.