By Shola Abayomi.
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to the alleged shooting at the precincts of the Presidential Villa on Thursday night, following a spat between his Special Assistant, Sabiu Yusuf and the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba.
Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that he was not at any time in any form of danger arising from the incident, which he retorted was currently under investigation.
While describing the incident as a minor occurrence, the president frowned at critics who latched onto the situation to disparage his administration and person.
The statement read in part, “This is to assure all and everyone that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, is not, and was not at any time in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel which is currently under investigation.
“This particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President.
“Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them.
“Having authorised the proper investigation to be carried out into this unfortunate incident by the Police, the President has acted in compliance with the rule of law.
“That a minor occurrence is being used by some critics to justify attacks on the government and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari beggars belief.
“In this particular instance, the President says the law should be allowed to take its course.”
Thursday’s incident was said to have occurred when the First Lady’s ADC attempted to force Sabiu, a nephew to the president, who had just returned from a trip to Lagos where he had gone to meet his wife who had delivered a new baby, into self-isolation over Covid-19 fears.