Buhari President does not know everything about Nigeria's security - Femi Adesina

He said the president did not know about the absence of the IGP in Benue because he doesn't get every information.

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President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has disclosed that the president is not completely aware of everything going on in the country because he's not "omniscient".

The president's spokesperson was reacting to the public outrage that has trailed the president's public admission that he was ignorant of the fact that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had not carried out his order to relocate to Benue State to stem the spate of violent attacks carried out by cattle herders.

In a report by Premium Times, Adesina responded to the public reaction that had trailed the admission while appearing on a RayPower FM public affairs programme, Political Platform, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Adesina said the president did not know about the absence of the IGP in Benue because he doesn't get every information.

He said, "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."

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He also noted that it was incorrect to assume the president is expected to know every development on the security of the nation, saying, "Even in the best countries in the world, the super powers, there still would be security breaches and failures."

Buhari not completely responsible for security

Adesina further said the president should not be expected to completely shoulder the responsibility of ensuring security in the country, especially in light of recent killings.

"The message it (the killings) sent is that security is a collective responsibility; it is not the responsibility of the president alone. What Nigerians expect is that everything will flow from the top to the bottom which is not correct. It rather should even flow from the bottom up.

"What Nigerians expect is that the president would be like a knight in shining armour who comes to settle all security issues even in wards and villages and hamlets. No, it doesn’t work that way."

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