President Muhammadu Buhari

By Tobi Soniyi

The Presidency on Friday disowned the #Istandwithbuhari  advocacy group and demanded that the group should stop further claims of alliance with the Buhari Administration.

In a statement ‎issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, through which he denounced the group and its hashtag, the presidency also directed the persons behind the controversial #Istandwithbuhari  group to stop using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name and that of his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to promote themselves and their activities.

The statement said: “Among other reasons, we have found it necessary to distance the Presidency from the #Istandwithbuhari  group because its premature and ostentatious celebration  of the present administration’s achievements is totally  inconsistent with President Buhari’s philosophy of service with humility.

“While the present  administration has indeed recorded significant successes in its priority areas of improving security across the nation, ending the Boko Haram insurgency, curbing official corruption and revamping Nigeria’s economy, President Buhari is well aware that his government still has a lot of national challenges to overcome.

“The President prefers to give his fullest attention to addressing those challenges without the unsolicited and unwelcome distraction of untimely praise-singing from groups with dubious and questionable motives.”