Abaribe had said in an interview on Channels Television that the President’s posture appeared to give fuel to the activities of these violent herdsmen.
Reacting to this, Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu described Abaribe's comments as “uncharitable.” Shehu further said that when him and Femi Adesina speak for the President, people should accept that it is the President that is speaking.
“Senator Abaribe dwelt a lot, attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he has not, even at a rhetorical level, spoken against this kind of violence. That is most uncharitable.
“When Femi Adesina or myself speak for the President, people should accept that it is the President that is speaking.
“For this President, it is the actions that should speak for him. He is not a showman. He doesn’t have to be there.”