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Nigeria says smear campaign in the works to create impression President Buhari no longer in charge Updated for 2021


Updated: February 27, 2021

In a statement on Wednesday, the Nigerian presidency said a smear campaign was in the works against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement said President Muhammadu Buhari will be portrayed as not being in charge of the country.

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Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman called on the public to dismiss the campaign, saying “President Buhari remains focused and single-minded in his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, bringing change to different facets of our national life.”

Adesina wrote: “The general public is hereby alerted to a smear campaign in the works against Mr President and his office, by disgruntled political elements in the country, who have been shopping for pliant online media that will serve as accomplices in their nefarious act.

“The game plan is to launch orchestrated campaign of calumny in the days ahead, in which President Muhammadu Buhari would be portrayed as not being in charge of the country, a narrative already started from a procured offshore medium by the instigators.

“Money and other attractive inducements are being dangled before the online media, and some of them are already complicit, cooking up stories with jejune and unsubstantiated allegations, all to sow seeds of discord and discontent in the country.

“Nigerians are urged to be wary and discerning in what they consume as news and special reports from such online media, as they are in cahoots with agents of destabilization, seeking ultimate political gains.

“President Buhari remains focused and single-minded in his determination to serve the country to the best of his ability, bringing change to different facets of our national life. This is already evident in infrastructure as seen in roads, rail, bridges, airports, and many other strides round the country. Agriculture is another worthy testimonial.

“The fight against corruption, insecurity, and retooling of the economy also proceed apace, and the Buhari Administration will not be distracted, and will continue to serve with heart and might, irrespective of all shenanigans.”


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


  1. I am not just sure if Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina is still in Nigeria or he has gone to assume his new ambassadorial position because he now write like someone who is not present at the location of the events he’s writing about, and that is dubious and shameful. Adesina just alleged that there are plans in the days ahead, “from a procured offshore medium” to smear Buhari!

    Rather than provide facts to counter the details and reporting in the editorial of Financial Times of London on December 22, which itemized shocking insecurity involving kidnappings, killings and maiming in virtually all parts of the country. Are these disastrous and deadly events that cost so many lives real, true and tragic? If they are then let us just declare to this guy: Ichabod, the glory has departed from him because the Lord is not mocked and the Lord will have no part in the falsehoods and lies that Adesina represents.

    Horrible opportunists are wont to behave like this, a trait that Adesina, a Christian have in common with Lai Mohammed, a Muslim. Are these men aware of the disaster that is taking place at the Ports in Lagos where more than 500,000 containers are trapped? Manufacturers have goods and raw materials that are now rotting away and will result in increased prices of goods. I am sure the Financial Times of London are to blame for this and it is part of their orchestrated plot. Sometimes we have to just laugh at the stupidity and idiocy these men at the corridor of power. The truth is that these two have no fear of God left in them as they have drunk more than their own fair share of the polluted water that flow from Aso Rock taps and block the conscience of men and women.


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