Alert: Presidency kicks over alleged smear campaign plot against Buhari



Nigeria’s has alerted the general public to what it  described as another plot to wage smear campaign against President muhammadu Buhari.

The latest alert was issued through a statement signed by Presidential Spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina on Friday.


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According to Adesina, “There is compelling reason to alert the nation of another orchestrated smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, using some online newspapers and blogs.

 

“The campaign, scheduled to be launched anytime soon through editorials and purported special investigative stories, is designed to exacerbate tension the land, by portraying the President as pandering to ethnic and other primordial tendencies, contrary to his pledge to belong to all Nigerians.

 

 

“Impeccable findings indicate that those behind the plot have procured online blogs and newspapers, which are to coordinated publications, alleging subjugation and suppression of a particular religion and ethnic groups.

 

“A specific medium has so far contacted some opinion leaders, especially those very critical of President Buhari.

“Part of the planned publication is to make unwary readers believe that the President has continually used the powers of his office to shield and protect an ethnic group against crimes of murder, kidnappings, rape and banditry the southern, middle belt and some northern states.

 

 

“The publication will also refer Nigerians to a 58-page document, which chronicles purported atrocities of the ethnic group the South since 2017, all of which it claims the has turned blind eyes to.

 

“Again, the hatchet job will that the President has continued to place members of his ethnic nationality sensitive positions, so as to confer undue advantage on them. This allegation is by no means supported with reasonable facts and figures.”

 

 

Adesina recalled that just on Thursday, President Buhari, while meeting with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, restated his even-handedness on the issues of ethnicity and religion. Said the President:

 

 

“The Federal Government under my leadership does not, and will not, allow religious prejudice or partisanship to influence any of its decisions and policies. It is my solemn decision to be fair and just to all segments of society.”

The presisdential spokesman however said “Those who are bent on stoking ethnic and religious unrest the country deaf to reason, and impervious to reality. They are hell-bent on distorting reality, and Nigerians are urged to be wary of them. It is all about quest for power, and filthy lucre.”