The Senior Special Assistant to the President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has during a briefing of State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja warned Nigerians to desist from calling the President a murderer.
The presidential aide in reaction to the recent killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen in the country cited Rwanda as an example statinf that those fanning the embers of discord in the country must remember that hate speeches may lead to loss of lives and properties.
He said: “Those beating the gongs of war and fanning the embers of discord must remember what prevailed in Rwanda before the genocide of the early 90s, during which hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as a result of consistent hate speech spewing from that country’s media.
“We must learn to express our grievances and criticisms without resorting to gutter language or to name calling, and the press has a responsibility to maintain that, even if it means calling their columnists to order.”
He further added: “Calling him (Buhari) a murderer is not only grossly disrespectful but unfair, especially when the President has written a letter to the Senate detailing his efforts to quell the crisis in Benue State.
“The President had also dispatched the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident, and receiving a direct briefing from the IG the following day.”