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Presidency orders #istandwithbuhari group to shut down



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THE Presidency has dissociated itself from the #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group and asked it to immediately stop claiming any alliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement yesterday that the Presidency also demanded that those behind the group should stop using Buhari’s name and that of his wife, Aisha, to promote themselves and their activities.

“Among other reasons, we have found it necessary to distance the Presidency from the #Istandwithbuhari group because it’s premature and ostentatious celebration of the present administration’s achievements is totally inconsistent with President Buhari’s philosophy of service with humility,” Shehu said.

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The statement added that: “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 presidential spokesman said Buhari preferred 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.”

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