President Muhammadu Buhari has said he did not express anti-Igbo sentiments as alleged by the underground radio station, Radio Biafra.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said on Wednesday that the Radio station’s allegation that Buhari made anti-Igbo comments in a BBC Hausa interview was completely false, malicious and slanderous.
According to Shehu, the voice being ascribed to President Buhari in the recording, repeatedly played back by the station, is definitely not the president’s.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Shehu said:“President Buhari has not had any interview with the BBC’s Hausa Service since his assumption of office as alleged by the agents of disunity behind the pirate radio station’s inflammatory and divisive broadcasts.
“The last interview he had with the BBC Hausa Service, lasting not more than five minutes, was on the day he was declared winner and given his certificate of return as President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
Mr. Shehu said the BBC Hausa Service Editor, Mansor Liman, has also dissociated the BBC from the interview clip “being ascribed by the pirate radio station to President Buhari”.
“President Buhari is the President of all Nigerians and will continue to treat all citizens on the basis of fairness, equality and equity.
“Nigerians should therefore ignore all propaganda designed to sow seeds of discord among them and promote a separatist agenda against national unity, solidarity and progress”.