‘A Way Of Throwing Banters’: Presidency Defends Buhari’s Niger Republic Comment
Presidential aide Garba Shehu on Thursday said Nigerians should get used to President Muhammadu Buhari’s sense of humour.
Buhari had recently said the Niger Republic is a safe haven for him if Nigerians give him issues after handing over next week. The comment did not go down well with many Nigerians who questioned the President’s loyalty to the country.
But Mr Shehu has dismissed the insinuations that Buhari is not loyal to Nigeria.
“That is absolutely not the case. He has a way of throwing banters, a form of easing tension around himself,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“Even after eight years, Nigerians must get used to the President’s sense of humour,” he added.
“This thing about going to the Niger Republic, Nigerians are taking it too seriously.”
Buhari’s comment suggests a cordial relationship with neighbouring nations and not a question of not being loyal to Nigeria, he noted.
“If you are a Nigerien, you would probably feel good about seeing a president that cares,” the presidential aide said.