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Twitter message supporting herdsmen attack is ‘fake’ news – Presidency

The Presidency Saturday said that a message on a fake Twitter handle purportedly belonging to President Muhammadu Buhari is in circulation.

The spurious message seeks to justify attacks by herdsmen, saying they were only defending themselves, said a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

“Evil doers and enemies of our country are obviously at work, seeking ways to further advance their pernicious acts. The message is denounced in its entirety, and President Buhari stands by his earlier condemnation of the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as dastardly and unacceptable before God and man. Those behind the concocted message are also enemies of God and man, who have no place in a decent society.

“The President stands by his earlier directives that all those behind wanton killings in any part of the country must be brought to book.

No policy or programme or agenda of the government is more important than human lives. These five Ps must stop; protecting, pampering, paying, politicising and prevaricating on the herdsmen must stop, said the Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani.

He pointed out that every drop of blood of Nigerians following herdsmen continued attacks, erodes the credibility and integrity of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.


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