Don’t incite protests against Service Chiefs – Presidency warns politicians

The Presidency has cautioned a section of the political class against misleading the and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, gave the warning in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

The presidential aide said the warning became necessary in view of the reported plan hired crowd to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on .

According to him, this imminent gathering is the latest in a series of demonstrations orchestrated the to embarrass the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

”As part of this overall scheme, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with its belligerent politics, has been marching from one embassy to the other in protest against the Buhari administration and the nation’s highest court of justice, the Supreme Court.

”They are keen to give the impression that Nigerians are in support of them as they take to the streets, and they will go to any length to promote this false narrative.

”The recent incident in Maiduguri, Borno State, where an overwhelmingly cheering crowd gathered to welcome President Buhari, while a handful were recorded booing him, is a part this elaborate scheme.

is misleading, as some analysts have tried to do, to read this as verdict against President Buhari, who emerged winner with 94 per cent of the votes cast in the Presidential election in the state in February last year.

”This was clearly a hired few, the news was promoted the who had of course positioned themselves to record the booing – all just to embarrass the President.

Shehu, therefore, urged the media to remain unbiased and discerning in their reporting, instead of becoming unwitting tools in the hands of the .

”A group of politicians and beneficiaries of the Haram insurgency is right now paying for people to join their planned protest against our ’s service chiefs, and they will no doubt seek the media’s collaboration on this as usual.

there is news and there is promoted content – two very different things, one of which should never make the headlines as these recent fake protests have done,” he added.(NAN)