PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari does not know everything that’s why he is unaware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed him, the Presidency has said.
Mr. Buhari had yesterday told stakeholders of Benue State that the IGP flouted his order of relocating to the State during its troubled days and never return until the killings in the State was stopped.
He said he was just been told that the the Police Boss did not spend up to one hour in the State.
His comment yesterday got Nigerians talking with some calling on the President to fire the Police Boss if what he was saying is true.
Some opined that going by the President’s comment, it has truly been established that he was not in charge of the country as earlier speculated.
A reaction from Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose reads; “What manner of a President will give order to the IGP on January 9, only to be telling Nigerians on March 12 (2 months after) that he never knew that the IGP disobeyed his order? Does this President really know anything about happenings around him, not to talk about Nigeria?” he queried.
But defending the President, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the President is not “not omniscient”.
Adesina stated this while appearing on a RayPower FM public affairs programme, Political Platform, Tuesday morning.
Adesina said the president has other channels of information but does not receive all information.
He said the president has other channels of information but does not receive all information.
“It just tells you that the president is not omniscient.
“As president and commander-in-chief, he has other channels, but it doesn’t mean that he gets every information under the sun,” he said.
When told that when it concerns security, the president is expected to be adequately kept abreast of development and must be in the know, Mr. Adesina said such expectation was incorrect.
“It is not correct, even in the best countries in the world, the super powers, there still would be security breaches and failures. It is not correct.”
The presidential spokesman also debunked claims that the stakeholders told the President that they are not happy with him as reported in an online news portal.
He said, “Don’t misquote them because I was there. They did not say they were not happy with the President. In fact, most of them were full of commendation for the President.
“Not a single one of them said he was not happy with the President. Rather, they spoke about the confidence they have in him.
“How can they be happy when they found blood flowing like that? They won’t be happy naturally but nobody said ‘we are not happy with the President’ rather, they said ‘we voted for you massively in 2015 and we are still with you.’”
Adesina also disagreed that the IG’s disobedience has further exposed the President as not being in control of his government.
“Those who said that have a right to their opinion. This is a democracy. We don’t stifle opinions. Comments are free, facts are sacred. Those comments are not facts, we know the facts and we stand by the fact.
“The fact is that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and he runs his government hands-on and efficiently,” he said.