Buhari’s “we’ll treat them in the language they understand” comment draws harsh criticism


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President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration that those attacking critical infrastructure in the country would be treated “in the language they understand” has continued to generate criticism hours after it was tweeted.

The President made the declaration after receiving a briefing from Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on the series of attacks on the commission’s facilities nationwide.

Unknown gunmen have destroyed no fewer than 11 INEC offices, 13 vehicles, 429 generators, and other property in over 41 attacks in the last few months, especially in the South-East geopolitical zone.

“I received a briefing today from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide. These attacks are totally unacceptable, and we will not allow those behind them to achieve their evil objectives.

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“I have assured INEC that we will make available to them everything they need to operate efficiently, so that no one will say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We will meet all of INEC’s demands.

“In the area of security, we have changed the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General, and we are demanding that they rise fully to the challenges confronting us. There must be zero tolerance for all those those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection!

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during 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,” President Buhari tweeted.

However, many critics have described the comment as an attempt to justify a repeat of the Civil War experiences on the South-East.

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