There have been various reactions to the death threat statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari to people who have the intention of snatching ballot boxes on election day.
At the APC caucus meeting held in Abuja on the 18th of February, 2019, President Buhari made a statement, threatening any person with the intention of snatching ballot boxes.
Most of these reactions came from politicians and the All Progressive Party’s opposition.
PDP Chairman Reacts To Buhari’s Death Threat
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Uche Secondus, has reacted to the death threat given to ballot snatchers by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Secondus, according to Channels TV, said Buhari’s statement is a declaration of war on Nigerians., accusing the president of giving security agencies the go ahead to brutalize Nigerians.
“The President’s confirmation that he has directed the service chiefs to kill Nigerians is nothing but a pre-determined script hatched by the ruling party to create voter apathy and implement their result replacement plans using thugs protected by the military”.
The PDP has also described His Excellency’s statement as a call for jungle justice and a plot to distract Nigerians from the APC rigging plans.
SAN Criticizes Buhari Over Death Threat
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome has criticised President Buhari for threatening ballot box snatchers with death.
Tinubu Defends Buhari’s Statement
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s strong comment against people hoping to disrupt the 2019 general elections.
After the end of the APC caucus meeting, Tinubu said the president’s statement was not meant to be an endorsement of extra-judicial punishment for trouble makers.
“I was in that meeting; the president was just reinforcing the fact that if you are out there snatching ballot boxes, and causing destruction, you are at risk of your own life.
“Whatever happens to you; no president will give an order that his own citizens should be shot summarily. No! No, its okay, emotions are running high these days. Any individual including myself can be misinterpreted.
“These are not his words; he is a law abiding person and he understands categorically and clearly what rule of law is and the lives of individual citizens, that he is in that office to protect.”