President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire for stating that the fact that the Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammad Adamu, has been losing weight is evidence that he is working very hard at securing the country.
Buhari, who spoke on Sunday on arrival from his 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom, said: “You know, I have just seen the IG, he is… I think he is losing weight; so, I think he is working very hard.”
Reacting, a former Minister of Education and human rights activist, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, slammed the President for what she referred to as a “callous joke about insecurity”.
In a video tweeted by a journalist at the VOA, Saleh Shehu Ashaka, via his verified Twitter handle @AshakaSaleh, the President spoke after being asked: “Are we likely to see a different approach in the fight against insecurity, especially kidnapping, which is a big issue now Sir?”
Ezekwesili took exception to the President’s response, noting that it was a “callous joke about insecurity after ten days of Buhari leaving his country for some opaque private visit.”
In a series of tweets on Monday, she said, “Citizens of every country have the power to determine how their political class can treat them;” noting that, “Until we are collectively ready to end the joke that our political class have turned Nigeria into, they’ll continue.”
The former presidential candidate said she had frankly decided to never again waste her voice on a political class that has no redeeming prospect of caring about their citizens, “But I could not hold back at this callous joke about insecurity after ten days of Muhammadu Buhari leaving his country for some opaque private visit.”
“And this is supposed to be funny? A President Buhari making a joke of the daily drenching of the country in the blood of his citizens who are killed daily without any consequence while he bears the title Commander-in-Chief?”
Ezekwesili then warned, “Carry on. Someday the citizens will be ready.”