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Criticism: Group Accuses President Buhari’s Govt Of Becoming More Intolerant

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A group identified as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of becoming more intolerant to oppositions and criticism.

This position was declared in a statement released on Sunday, August 16.

CNG said that the Buhari administration benefitted from the alleged tolerance of the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

According to the group’s spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the Buhari administration is gradually turning Nigeria to a police state.

“The CNG finds it worrying that the current administration is becoming more and more intolerant of opposition and criticism and gradually dragging the country towards a police state,” Suleiman said in the statement.

CNG’s statement follows the invitation of Ghali Na’Abba, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, by the Department of State Services (DSS).

According to several media reports, the DSS invited Na’Abba after he made critical comments about the Buhari administration while unveiling the agenda of the National Consultative Front.

The former speaker had said those currently in power have failed Nigerians, citing insecurity and unemployment.

Reacting to the position that the DSS invited Na’Abba due to his critical statement on the President, the presidency said that it was untrue.

Presidency spokesperson and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu was quoted as saying: “DSS invited Na’Abbah over a situation that has nothing to do with his utterances against President Buhari.”

Shehu who spoke on Sunday, August 16, said: “Our findings have revealed that his invitation has nothing to do with the alleged irresponsible utterances by Umar Ghali Na’abba, which in any case did not catch the attention of the Presidency, or of any serious politician for that matter.”

Shehu described Na’abba as a flash in the pan politician who makes fabrications for political relevance.

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