The presidency has lashed out at a Nigerian newspaper, Daily Independent for claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure from foreign nations to drop his presidential ambition for 2019.
In a statement by Femi Adesina on Tuesday, August 14, he said the entire report was false.
He insisted that the president is held in high esteem by foreign nations and that his work is well appreciated.
Read the statement below:
It is necessary to respond to a tendentious story published today as cover choice by Daily Independent Newspaper.
Under the headline, 'Pressure mounts on Buhari not to seek re-election,' the fiction parading as news claims that foreign powers, including the European Union, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, are putting pressure on President Buhari not to seek re-election, due to some concocted reasons.
We thought fake news was the sole preserve of the social media in this season. Alas, a traditional medium has caught the bug. Obviously, the author of the story just got a brain wave, or got procured by anti-democratic elements, and then penned the mischief.
If there are quarters in which President Buhari is held in very high esteem, and the work he is doing for Nigeria highly lauded, it is in the countries mentioned. Some of them are equally bastions of democracy, and will not interfere in the democratic affairs of a sovereign country. The newspaper should simply tell its story to the marines.
President Buhari is not a flippant or frivolous individual. He gave deep thought to the prospect, before announcing his bid for a second term in office. It is only those who fear that their goose would be cooked, if they meet with him at the polls, that are trying to dissuade him from running by all means, including sponsored newspaper stories.
By saying it got feelers that President Buhari may opt out of the 2019 presidential election, Daily Independent embarrassed itself, and all those who love good journalism. The newspaper can surely do better
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Legit.ng had reported that the presidency on Monday, August 13, said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, would still remain the running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The presidential spokesman said the victories recorded by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the legislative elections held in three states over the weekend were indications that victory is certain for the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential ticket in 2019.
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