Presidency clears air on alleged rift between President Buhari and Tinubu; says it is the handiwork of cynics

The presidency has reacted to claims from some quarters about an ongoing feud between President Buhari and his close ally Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

In a press statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the precisent on media and publicity Garba Shehu, the presidency denied the rumours saying it is just the handiwork of cynics.

Garba further said that the administration is aware of pessimists and cynics who willfully spread misinformation to create doubt in the minds of the people.

Read the full statement below.

ALLEGED RIFT BETWEEN PRESIDENT BUHARI AND TINUBU; HANDIWORK OF CYNICS

The Presidency wishes to make it clear that there is no rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and his strong ally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The President and the Asiwaju have a very strong commitment to the All Progressives Congress, APC towards bringing CHANGE and this is a commitment they have made to the Nigerian people.

Recent reports of a rift between the two leaders of our party are false; the handiwork of some media mischief-makers.

It is quite unfortunate that certain sections of the media feed on birthing controversies, providing a nexus for naysayers who work behind the scenes planting such false stories.

This administration is aware of pessimists and cynics who willfully spread misinformation to create doubts in the minds of the people about the relationship between its leaders and whether the party will remain intact or not. There is no doubt that the President and the party are focused on development, peace and security, restructuring of the economy and war against corruption in the country and will not be diverted to anything else. This desperate attempt to fool the people will not succeed.

To President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu remains one of the most respected political leaders in the country who has stuck to his principles in the face of all adversities. He was instrumental to the formation, growth and development of the APC into a formidable political party and the political alliance is waxing even stronger.

If the Asiwaju is not a frequent face in the Aso Rock Villa, it is because he is not a cabinet member of this government. The fact that he is not every day around the Villa does not make him less of a friend to the President and this administration.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 24, 2021

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