- The Nigerian presidency has once again spoken out over plans to portray President Buhari in a bad light
- Femi Adesina claims that unnamed persons plan to use online newspapers and blogs for their work
- According to the presidential spokesman, the plan is to release editorials alleging the president places members of his ethnic nationality in sensitive positions
The Nigerian presidency on Friday, January 29, raised an alarm again over an alleged smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari with the aim of damaging his reputation.
According to a statement released and shared on Facebook by the president's media adviser, Femi Adesina, there is a plot to portray the Nigerian leader as indulging ethnic tendencies, as against his pledge that he belongs to all Nigerians.
This is the second time in more than a month, the presidency has voiced out an alleged plan to smear the image of the president.
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Legit.ng recalls that back in December 2020, Adesina alleged that there was a plan to portray Buhari as not being in charge of the affairs of the government.
Adesina speaking on the new claim explained that the plans are to come up with editorials and purported special investigative stories that the president uses the powers of his office to protect an ethnic group against crimes.
The presidential spokesman added that the intention of those behind the alleged smear campaign is to further worsen tension in the land.
He also revealed that the stories with no reasonable facts and figures will allege that Buhari has continued to place members of his ethnic nationality in sensitive positions.
Buhari urges Nigerians not to cause religious, ethnic tensions
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Buhari urged Nigerians to refrain from actions that could spark religious and ethnic tensions in the country.
The Nigerian president made the statement on Thursday, January 28, when the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) paid him a visit in the Presidential Villa.
Buhari said his administration is striving to create an enabling environment for religious freedom as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
Why my religion doesn’t determine my administration's decisions, Buhari reveals
Similarly, President Buhari on Thursday, January 28, warned that stoking ethnic and religious prejudices will jeopardise Nigeria's development.
Nigeria's number one citizen said his decisions and policies of the federal government under his watch are not influenced by religious prejudice.
The president also pledged to be just and fair to all Nigerians, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity.