The presidency has formally issued a statement dissociating itself from the #IStandWithBuhari advocacy group and also demanded that the group immediately stop claiming any alliance with the Muhammadu Buhari government.
The activities of the political group – which is planning a 9 million man march to further acquaint Nigerians with the policies of the Buhari government and drum support for the president – have recently sparked national outcry and online controversy.
A statement issued on March 25, Friday, by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, read:
“The #IStandWithBuhari group should stop dropping the name of the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, to promote its activities.”
“President Buhari does not believe in premature and ostentatious celebration of his government’s successes. While the present administration has indeed recorded significant successes in its priority areas of improving security across the nation, ending the Boko Haram insurgency, curbing official corruption and revamping Nigeria’s economy, President Buhari is well aware that his government still has a lot of national challenges to overcome.”
“The President prefers to give his fullest attention to addressing those challenges without the unsolicited and unwelcome distraction of untimely praise-singing from groups with dubious and questionable motives.”