By Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The National Volunteers for Lamido has faulted Garba Sheu’s, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari public relations strategies, describing it as a liability to the present administration.
The group’s anger followed Sheu’s response to a recent interview granted to a national daily on November 11, 2017, by Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa State in which he gave insights on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership style, the APC government and the future of Nigeria.
Umar Danjani Hadeja, the National Coordinator of the group who reacted through a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja said that Shehu, in the line of his duty clearly did not understand, or chose to feed the public with falsehood and obvious inaccuracies, deliberate misinformation, and even mischief bordering on denial and selective amnesia.
He pointed out that Shehu’s attempted response to the interview was “another classic example of the PR disaster and liability that he now represents for the Buhari administration. “
According to him, Lamido in the interview made a passing reference to Itse Sagay, an APC appointee’s claims that the APC is made up of thieves.
Hadeja stated: ”we would care less for this misfortune of an appointee of Mr. President who is fishing and scavenging desperately for ‘stuff’ that would make him look useful in a job he clearly does not know how to do.
“His brazen and intellectually lazy import-substitution mission for issues never raised in the interview in the effort to tar Sule Lamido with a dirty brush is at best, mischievous, unprofessional and a damning verdict on Garba’s.
“We certainly cannot, and should not, indulge or extend our reasoned magnanimity to Garba and the quackery he relishes whenever he ventures into the laborious attempts at rebuttals or rejoinders, more often, with scant regard for the truth.
“His usual habit of ignoring facts was manifest in his attempt to defend his party rather than the government’s confused approach to implementing the agenda it promised.
” By falsely accusing Alhaji Sule Lamido of impugning the integrity of, while the government is itself destroying the nation’s judicial system as well as the EFCC, Garba has thrown up the poverty of the government’s effort to water down any serious effort to address our national ills.
Where, for instance, did Garba see any reference to these institutions in the said interview? Did he at all, read the interview or in the classic case of playing the ‘Boss’, lazily rely on some subordinates who supposedly drew his attention to a publication he never sighted? He queried