Written by Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
The presidency warned Nigerians of a scheme by those it called disgruntled politicians to launch defamation campaigns against President Muhammad Bukhari.
In a statement by the president’s special adviser to the media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Wednesday night, the presidency said sponsors of the scheme had begun hiring the services of some media outlets to carry out the scheme.
The statement said: “The dissatisfied political elements in the country, who have bought flexible online media to serve as accomplices in their vile act, are warning the general public about the campaigns against the president and his office. .
“The plan of the game is to launch an orchestrated defamation campaign in the coming days, in which President Bukhari would be portrayed as not in charge of the state, a narrative that the initiators have already started from the acquired offshore media.
“Money and other attractive incentives are vying in front of the online media, and some of them are already accomplices, cooking up stories with jejuns and unfounded allegations, all in order to sow the seeds of discord and discontent in the country.”
The presidency said the Bukhari administration did not hold back in its commitment to redeeming Nigeria and putting the country on the path to growth.
As an example, she cited successes in infrastructure and inputs in the economic and security sector.
“They are urged on Nigerians to be careful and prudent in what they consume as news and special reports of such online media, because they are in agreement with destabilizing agents, seeking final political gains.
“President Bukhari remains focused and unanimous in his determination to serve the country as best he can, bringing change to various aspects of our national life.
“It is already visible in the infrastructure that can be seen on the roads, railways, bridges, airports and many other steps around the country. Agriculture is another valuable testimony.
“The fight against corruption, insecurity and the reintroduction of the economy is also accelerating, and the Bukhari administration will not be hampered and will continue to serve with heart and strength, despite all the tricks,” the statement added.