By Kemi Kasumu
The Presidency has refuted the report that President Muhammadu Buhari snubbed the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, when he came to see him in his country home of Daura, Katsina State during the Sallah holiday.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who made the refutal in a statement he issued in Abuja on Monday, simply said such unfortunate report could be part of attempt by political mischief makers to spite the governor.
Adesina said in the statenent that, “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to incorrect reports that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to grant audience to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State during the recent Eid-el-Kabir holidays, which the President observed in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.
“The report is perhaps the antics of mischief makers, who wish to score cheap political points against the Kano State governor.
“The President had received Gov. Ganduje, along with others, a few weeks ago in London, and the Kano State governor had also welcomed the President, alongside many others, on his return to the country on August 19. Why would such a person then be snubbed, as being reported, particularly on social media?
“Gov. Ganduje had visited Daura during the Sallah holidays to commiserate with the Emir of Daura, His Royal Highness Faruk Umar Faruk, who had recently lost his younger brother, Barde n’Daura. The governor then used the opportunity to be part of theEid-el-Kabir celebration.
“There is absolutely no reason for President Buhari to have snubbed Gov. Ganduje, or anybody else for that matter. It is not in the character of our President,” he neutralised yet another fake news in circulation by people who would not spend a day in thinking good about Nigeria or any contributor to the peace and development of the nation.