Buhari’s critic Junaidu Mohammed suffering from “pathological cynicism” – Presidency

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
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The Presidency has condemned popular northern politician, Junaidu Mohammed, who has been very critical of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, said Mr. Mohammed may be suffering from ‘pathological cynicism’ and should be ignored by Nigerians.

Read Mr. Shehu’s full statement below:

The Presidency will like to break with tradition by reacting to the latest attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity in an interview by a former House of Representatives member from Kano State, Junaidu Mohammed.

While Junaidu Mohammed is entitled to his opinion, he is not entitled to misrepresent facts about the concrete achievements of the Buhari administration in the past two or so years, including the undeniable fact that the Boko Haram terrorists have been significantly crippled militarily, because they no longer have the capability to invade and occupy towns and villages unchallenged by the country’s reinvigorated and motivated military personnel.

The fact that civil servants and political office holders are now afraid to steal with impunity is itself a major psychological boost for the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration, which no sincere Nigerian can pretend not to notice.

Junaidu Mohammed
Junaidu Mohammed

Contrary to Mr. Junaidu’s claims that President Buhari doesn’t acknowledge mistakes, we wish to remind the medical doctor that the President publicly took responsibility and apologised over the dissolution of the Governing Councils of Federal Universities when it was discovered that due process was not followed.

We must stress that taking responsibility for mistakes is one of the finest components of integrity, and that President Buhari has never failed in demonstrating this virtue in words and deeds.

Since the coming of the Buhari administration, the country has saved billions and trillions of naira which could be diverted to private pockets if the government wasn’t committed to transparency and accountability.

We advise Nigerians to be wary of prejudiced and biased critics like Junaidu Mohammed who are more interested in personal publicity than respecting facts and figures about their claims.

If Junaidu Mohammed wants to be taken seriously, he should demonstrate the duty of speaking truthfully about those he frequently attacks in his interviews.

It must be noted that President Buhari was not the only target of Junaidu’s personal vituperations, as former Presidents Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, had all been victims of his jaundiced and malicious attacks. When it came to the late Sani Abacha, he tried it, but once he saw the prospect of elimination, he retreated.

A cursory library search will reveal that this man has nurtured the habit of insulting every leader this country has produced in his time. Like a narcissist, he is just interested in grabbing headlines. Without publicity, Mr. Junaidu would probably give up on life.

It is unfortunate that Junaidu Mohammed has been using his political retirement life to engage in insulting every President to grab the newspaper headlines, in addition to taking advantage of the gullibility of uncritical readers that don’t bother to subject him to facts-check.

It is obvious that Mr. Junaidu appears be infected by pathological cynicism and these kinds of critics are toxic to national progress because they are only primarily interested in destroying every positive effort and achievements of the government.


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  • Spoken word

    does anyone listen to that jobless junaid.

  • Gary

    Dear Shehu Garba,
    This is beneath the office you hold as the chief spokesman of the President of Nigeria. Please leave partisan attacks and such rants to the spokesman of the ruling APC party. You are now going down the low road of replicating what Doyin Okupe did for Jonathan. And we all know how well that worked for them.
    Please restore decency to media communications at the Presidency.

    P.S. You might also want to advise the government to stop their 24/7 propaganda campaign. Diminishing returns have set in and now nothing you or Lai says has any credibility with the Nigerian people who presume you’re just lying to them.
    We warned GEJ like you are now being warned. There’s a time for propaganda and a time for governing.

    • Public Rekord

      “For a man (Buhari) that has led us into the worst recession ever and
      has got nothing to show Nigerians since he assumed office to be talking of
      2019, shows how shameless the government can be. It is very unfortunate and
      shameless that a government that is yet to do anything is already talking of

      Some of us thought APC will make a difference, but President Buhari has
      shown he is a nepotic leader who deceived the North that he has the interest of
      the North at heart, being a Muslim but in real sense, he has not done anything
      for the North. In fact, the North has been backward under him.

      It is very unfortunate that a party like APC that is fast becoming
      moribund is already talking of 2019 when they have nothing to show for the four
      years Nigerians gave them. This development shows they are power-hungry,
      hypocritical and corruption-ridden. We are not even in the middle of the
      four-year term given to them and they are already talking of 2019. This is an
      unfortunate development and it shows the ineptitude of the government”

      ………………Dr. Junaid Mohammed

      (November 22, 2016)

      • Powerlessconscious

        Oh. You did not see the difference because you refused to open your eyes. When you stop to close your eyes. You will see the difference clearly. Nigeria would have gone into extinction had APC not win.

    • Peter_Edo

      that was NOT a partisan attack, a class attack, Maybe, but not a partisan attack!

  • marc umeh

    If nigeria had a thousand Dr Junaid Mohammeds , maybe things would have been different in a country that generated billions upon billions of dollars in oil revenue , over the years but cannot generate even 10,000 MW of electricity for 170 million people.

  • We wish the president well and in good Health. We want the president to be in good health when we vote him out in 2019 in disgrace. We know these spineless NASS are gutless to impeach this nonperforming president. Political vendata is not good economic policy. We are not fooled.

  • Opekete

    Gullibility does not recognize intellect. While I believe that Buhari has made his own mistakes in policy missteps, it is unintelligible to blame him for our economic recession. Facts are sacred and it must not be sacrificed at the altar of personal altruism. The situation we found ourselves today is the product of failure of the past and to right a wrong as monumental as we have presently may not be achieved in just two years. The crumbs of corruption that constantly falls into the hands of the people in the past has dried up. It is time to be creative with the little or nothing that is our lot at present until we the people will have the courage to demand from the government the way and manner in which we want to be governed.

  • baldo battista

    The problem of this country is not only on the incumbent government; from the Obasanjo dispensation to this government, all share in the blame. Why? Because They lack the capacity to put things right. Simply put, this is why non of them, after all their self acclaimed achievement for the country have not been able to find slightest solution for ordinary power supply let alone security and other sectors that are important to the country’s development. They chose to politicise everything,even water. This is a shame and regret that will go down with all of them to their grave (thank God they are already old mortals) that AT THEIR TIME, they were so dumb by whatever reason that they could not fathom amiable solution to any of the major problems plaguing Nigeria; the worst of their nightmares being that they had the opportunity to serve. next to blame is the citizens. Where are you people always hurrying to? STOP! And take a look.

  • karim Ahmed

    Please try to give him his ‘minute of fame’. He has been trying to be relevant and nobody seems to care about it. Please Mr President find some post for him to make him relevant. He wants his name to be in the news always. Instead doing some charity work to help the unfortunate people of his constituencies, he engages in negative work

  • Timothy

    Everyone is entitled to his opinion and the presidency has the right to respond to such even though is usually does not. I like to say criticising the govt is a way of helping the govt channel is decisions the right way, but when you become sentimental about your criticism it becomes a personal attack. I like Ben Bruce criticism and he offers suggestions to back them up. Unfortunately none of his colleagues in the Senate cares if he has a bright idea or not. Its almost like he is talking to himself and his radio station. Such a man should be given an opportunity to test his ideas….if they will allow him.

  • Powerlessconscious

    “in addition to taking advantage of the gullibility of uncritical readers that don’t bother to subject him to facts-check.”