The Presidency has described as fake news the report in a national newspaper insinuating that that some foreign powers are mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
The report, according to the Presidency, was nothing but the product of the brain wave of the author.
The declaration of the Presidency is contained in the press statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The Presidency also described the author as possibly working for some anti-democratic forces.
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The statement reads in part: “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.”
The Presidency said the decision to contest for another term was made after deep thought.
It said that President Buhari was only being dissuaded by those who believed that they could not stand against him in the contest.