Buhari Disowns #IStandWithBuhari Group Following Eminent Flop And Public Outcry

Buhari Disowns #IStandWithBuhari Group Following Eminent Flop And Public Outcry [TWEETS]

By Signal on March 26, 2016
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Screengrab from the #IStandWithBuhari website

The Nigerian presidency on Friday dissociated itself from the #IStandWithBuhari campaign, an advocacy group that was ostensibly set up to mobilise public support for Buhari’s government in the face of mounting public outrage and unpopularity of the administration which came into office barely ten months ago.

Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu sighted in solidarity with the #IStandWithBuhariCampaign
Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu sighted in solidarity with the #IStandWithBuhariCampaign

The campaign had been fraught with its internal bickering and disagreements followed by public condemnation by a section of Nigerians who saw it as another frivolous platform to hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians.

Read below the full statement by the Nigerian presidency as issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari.

Screengrab from the #IStandWithBuhari website
Screengrab from the #IStandWithBuhari website

25 March 2016 | STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENCY DISSOCIATES ITSELF FROM ‪#‎ISTANDWITHBUHARI‬ GROUP

The Presidency formally dissociates itself from the #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group and demands that the group should immediately stop claiming any alliance with the Buhari Administration.

The Presidency also demands that the persons behind the controversial #Istandwithbuhari group should stop using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name and that of his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to promote themselves and their activities.

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

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.

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 25, 2016

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