In contrast to what former Vice President Atiku Abubakar claimed, the Presidency stated on Tuesday that President Bola Tinubu has been monitoring domestic events and is aware of the security situation in the nation.

It further stated that Tinubu announced a private tour to France along with a return date and that he did not go without updating Nigerians on his whereabouts.

This was revealed in a State House statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, the President’s Special Advisor for Information and Strategy, and made public on Tuesday.

The statement was made in reaction to former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s criticism of Tinubu for not addressingess the nation’s security issue.

In particular, the murder of two monarchs in Ekiti State and the death of a nursing mother and her mother in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) prompted Atiku’s response to the recent spike in the kidnapping and murdering of residents throughout the nation.

Amidst the widespread instability in the country, he questioned the President’s decision to travel to France on a private basis.

Onanuga, on the other hand, called Atiku’s statement rash and said it didn’t live up to the standards of an older statesman.

He asserted that, in contrast to Atiku’s assertion, Tinubu regularly communicates with his officials and security chiefs, giving them orders to eradicate all forms of criminal activity within the nation.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s statement accusing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of fiddling amidst some security and economic challenges is, to say the least, reckless.

“Coming days after he made an equally reckless allegation against the President on the crude-for-loan deal for NNPC Limited, his latest statement fell short of what is expected from an elder statesman.

“We like to believe that Alhaji Atiku is still not nursing the hangover of his electoral defeat and now latches on any issue to attack President Tinubu.

“He is in constant touch with his officials and security chiefs and has directed them to stamp out every form of criminality in the country. He has particularly ordered them to apprehend those criminals responsible for the murder of two monarchs in Ekiti State and the kidnapping of some pupils in the state.

“If Alhaji Atiku is really concerned about security issues and not playing cheap politics, he should have known that President Tinubu is on top of issues and working hard to restore peace to every part of our country.

“Our security agencies are working very hard to bring the security situation under control. President Tinubu is giving them all the necessary support they need to win the battle against criminal elements and secure every inch of our country,” part of the statement reads.

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