The presidency says protest being incited against Nigerian service chiefs are sponsored by some persons who are benefitting from the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
This was made known in a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman on Saturday.
According to him, “a section of the political class” had hired thousands to protest against the head of the service chiefs on Monday.
He went on to finger the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of orchestrating the protests to embarrass the Buhari-led administration.
According to him, the opposition wishes to “give the impression that Nigerians are in support of them as they take to the streets”.
“The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions,” the statement read.
“This has become necessary in view of received reports that about two thousand men and women have been hired to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on Monday.
“This imminent gathering is the latest in a series of demonstrations orchestrated by the opposition to embarrass the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As part of this overall scheme, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with its belligerent politics, has been marching from one embassy to the other in protest against the Buhari administration and the nation’s highest court of justice, the Supreme Court. They are keen to give the impression that Nigerians are in support of them as they take to the streets, and they will go to any length to promote this false narrative.”
“The recent incident in Maiduguri, Borno State, where an overwhelmingly cheering crowd gathered to welcome President Buhari, while a handful were recorded booing him, is a part this elaborate scheme,” he said.
“It is misleading, as some analysts have tried to do, to read this as a verdict against President Buhari, who emerged winner with 94 per cent of the votes cast in the Presidential election in the state in February last year.
“This was clearly a hired few, but the news was promoted by the opposition who had, of course, positioned themselves to record the booing – all just to embarrass the President.
“A group of politicians and beneficiaries of the Boko Haram insurgency is right now paying for people to join their planned protest against our country’s service chiefs, and they will no doubt seek the media’s collaboration on this as usual.”