Tinubu not under security watch – Presidency, NSA, DSS

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The Presidency on Saturday said there is no iota of truth in a media report that a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is under security watch over alleged plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bola Tinubu

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, described the report as a false and sensational story.

Shehu asked Nigerians to ignore the report, referring to it as baseless.

While saying that Tinubu was not of any interest to any of the nation’s security agencies, the presidential spokesman said the relationship between him (Tinubu) and the President could not be better than it was at the moment.

He stated, “According to the perverted logic of the newspaper, the respected leader of the APC is into a plot against the leader of the country. The Presidency is unaware of any such plot against the President.

“I got on the telephone a short while ago with Gen. Babagana Munguno (retd.), the National Security Adviser, and the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, who both dismissed the published reports as acts of pure mischief. They are not aware of the Asiwaju being on any kind of watch.

“It would appear that a competition is on between two or three newspaper establishments on how best to breach the excellent relationship between the pillars of our party and government.

“So far, they have not made a headway and there is no indication that they will succeed in the future. It suffices to say that such reports, written without fairness and balance can only take away from whatever is left of the credibility of these newspapers. The general public is hereby advised to ignore them on these reports.”


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