The Presidency on Wednesday advised those it described as opinion leaders in the country to exercise restraint in their choice of words as they criticise President Muhammadu Buhari based on his position on ongoing calls for the nation’s restructuring.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the warning in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
Shehu said the restraint was necessary to avoid heating up the polity and causing acrimony across the country.
He noted that while Nigerians are free to express themselves, they should “exercise such liberty with restraint and a sense of responsibility.”
The presidential spokesman said calling Buhari an enemy of Nigeria was in extremely bad taste.
He added that nothing in the President’s service record would justify “such scurrilous language.”
Shehu said he was satisfied that majority of Nigerians welcomed Buhari’s broadcast to the nation on Monday..