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President Buhari did not order the shooting of ballot box snatchers – Tinubu clarifies

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APC National leader clarified what President Buhari meant when he said the live of anyone who snatch ballot boxes during elections is at risk.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the  APC caucus meeting, Tinubu said Buhari’s directive is not for security agencies to shoot indiscriminately but aim at only those who disrupt the electoral process.

“I was in that meeting. The president was just reinforcing the fact that if you you are out there snatching ballot boxes, and causing destruction, you are at risk of your own life. Whatever happens to you; no president will give an order that his own citizens should be shot summarily. No! No, its okay, emotions are running high these days. Any individual including myself can be misinterpreted.

“These are not his words; he is a law abiding person and he understands categorically and clearly what rule of law is and the lives of individual citizens, that he is in that office to protect. Now, let me run this; he has been fighting Boko Haram, kidnappers and all these before this election, did you hear him asking them to be shot and executed summarily? If he has gone through that in the last five years, please give a benefit of the doubt.” he said

President Buhari at the meeting said those that plan to snatch ballot boxes stand the risk of losing their lives.

“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take… I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.” he said

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