Presidency backs Buhari over anti-igbo statement

The Presidency, on Wednesday, said there was no
truth in a claim by a pirate radio station that
President Muhammadu Buhari expressed anti-Igbo
sentiments in a recent interview with the BBC
Hausa Service.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on
Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a
statement, described the claim as “completely
false, malicious and slanderous.”
Shehu said the voice ascribed to Buhari in the
recording, repeatedly played by the pirate radio
station, was not that of the President.
He added that the claim that the station got the
recording from a BBC interview was totally untrue.
He said that no one should be deceived by the
pirate radio station’s hate propaganda against the
The statement read in part, “President Buhari has
not had any interview with the BBC’s Hausa
Service since his assumption of office as alleged
by the agents of disunity behind the pirate radio
station’s inflammatory and divisive broadcast.
“The last interview he had with the BBC Hausa
Service, lasting not more than five minutes, was on
the day he was declared winner and given his
Certificate of Return as the President-elect by the
Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Thankfully, the BBC Hausa Service Editor, Mr.
Mansor Liman has distanced the BBC from the
false interview clip being ascribed by the pirate
radio station to President Buhari.
“President Buhari is the President of all Nigerians
and will continue to treat all citizens on the basis of
fairness, equality and equity.”

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