The Presidency says haters are instigating the electorate against President Muhammadu Buhari by creating statements that never existed and attributing such to him.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement, Wednesday, described as fictitious, a portion of the February 2015 lecture by the then candidate, Buhari at Chatham House, London.
He said: “The public is hereby alerted to a new dimension in the orchestrated plot to diminish the stature of President Muhammadu Buhari before millions of Nigerians who love and adore their President.
“First, it was a pernicious twisting and misinterpretation of the words of the President by mischievous elements, perhaps they can earn him opprobrium and infamy.
“When they see that the gambit is not achieving the desired results, they have now gone into utter fabrication of apocryphal statements, which they purvey through the social media.
“An example is a fictive portion of the February 2015 lecture by the then Candidate Buhari at Chatham House, London.
“This is what is circulating now on social media: ‘What is the difference between me and those who elected us to represent them, absolutely nothing. Why should Nigerian President not fly with other Nigerian public?
“Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a President with a huge crowd with public funds? Why do I need to go for a medical trip abroad if we cannot make our hospital (sic) functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we cannot developed (sic) our university (sic) to compete with the foreign ones?’
“Fortunately, the Chatham House lecture of 2015 is in the public domain. The full text was published by many Nigerian newspapers, and is still available in their libraries and various websites. The concoction by haters and agents of disunity is not part of the text of the lecture at all.”
Adesina said the Presidency was, however, glad that millions of Nigerians, young and old, were smart enough to see through the machinations.
He said “the dubious people” would not succeed as Buhari’s reputation had been built over time and sustained for decades.
“That is why he is widely acclaimed for integrity, transparency, honour, and accountability, both home and abroad. Negative minds can never erode or corrode this.
“Bitter emotions stunt the soul and defile the mind. Those behind it will find out, eventually, that they are the ones swallowing poison, and expecting another person to die. They will realize the folly of their actions, to their own grief.”