The Nigerian President Muhammed Buhari ordered an immediate probe after security guards reportedly shot into the air at his presidential Villa. The unauthorized shooting was an intrusion that posed a threat to his life.
This message was known to the public after his special assistant announced on Sunday through media.
Muhammedu Buhari reacts to shooting in the Presidential Villa
President Buhari released a statement giving an account of the incident. He said it was illegal and inappropriate for his security guards to conduct unauthorized shooting. Hence demanded a quick investigation.
“Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have their rules and regulations to immediately address them,” the statement said.
Internal wrangling in the Nigerian government
According to reports from a local news channel, the difference between the first lady Aisha Buhari and Special Agent triggered the shooting.
It was just days when President’s special agent Tunde Yusuf had returned from Lagos. Since the rates of Corona in Lagos are intense, Aisha requested him to self-isolate in line with corona guidelines. However, he was quick to oppose and refuse.
It appears he was taking advantage of his special relationship with the president since he is his nephew. Tunde stated that he had received direct orders from president Buhari not to quarantine. He was defying the recommendations of the health agencies.
The altercation between the president’s aid and the first lady led to her head of security Usman Shugaba firing his gun. Despite so the President nor anyone was harmed. Tunde said the president was also not exposed to corona. He also cautioned critics who were using the occurrence to justify their attacks on the Nigerian government. However, the security guards arrested Shugaba and he is currently in detention.
This is not the first time the Nigerian government officials are tussling. For some time back the president himself accused his wife of jeopardizing his government.
First lady pledges for release of her security guards
Meanwhile, Aisha requested for the release of her security guards who are in detention. She said with corona on the loose, she was worried about their safety. Since she believed they were in danger or rather exposed to corona while in custody.
“Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”
She also endorsed self-isolation especially for those traveling out of the country. The first lady tweeted that she wanted the authorities to ensure all migrants arriving in the country self-quarantine for 14 days.
As of now the total people who have tested positive for corona in Nigeria are 16085. While they have also confirmed 485 deaths. The country, however, is working towards controlling the rates of infections. They have put up several precautionary measures.