By Ese Awhotu
The Bauchi State Government has debunked insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari shunned the duo of Governors M.A Abubakar of Buachi State and Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State when they sought audience with him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
A statement signed by Special Advider to the Bauchi State governor, on Media and Strategy, Ali M Ali and made available to the Peoples Daily in Abuja yesterday, said President Buhari didn’t shun Gov Abubakar because here was no meeting between them.
It said the governor was at the Villa to meet with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
It therefore described as perplexing that such a report will be made.
The statement reads in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a misleading story making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has shunned the duo of governor MA Abubakar and Jibrilla Bindow of Bauchi and Adamawa States respectively when they allegedly sought to meet with him a few days ago.
“According to this very fantastic story, the president shunned them on account of the political developments in their respective states.
“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have responded to this bare faced lie and misrepresentation. Happily, this kind of journalism is restricted only to partisan interests.
“We are compelled however, to respond because these are lies repeatedly told and may become the truth if Goebbelean philosophy is anything to go by.
“We put the records straight. Nonetheless we are mystified how that
amounts to president Buhari “shunning” Gov Abubakar.
“We have noticed the fury of half-truths and outright falsehood being pushed as gospel truth by a slimy desperate megalomanic circle since INEC declared the Bauchi state gubernatorial election inconclusive.
“This cabal has unleashed a blistering and sustained propaganda against the person and government of MA Abubakar.Every day,a generous dose of fiction is served to an unwary citizenry via shadowy and equally crooked cyber media.”
The Bauchi State Government urged all citizens to disregard this brand of yellow journalism and their paymasters.
It advised that, “We should keep our eyes on the ball. We should be distracted by the antics of serial losers.”