Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the presidency is not bothered by the derogatory comments allegedly made by Donald Trump about the president.
According to a report by Financial Times, the US president reportedly told his aides he never wanted to meet someone as lifeless as Buhari again.
But speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Adesina said the presidency has no official position on the alleged comment saying the information is not ascribed to anybody, hence it is “not verified”.
“If it is unverified as it came out, then the presidency has no comment. It does not pass any concerns of good journalism,” the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.
When asked if there are concerns that the comment could have a carry-over effect on public opinion about the president ahead of the 2019 elections, Adesina said the statement is inconsequential.
“No, it won’t. Nigerians are the ones that would ultimately elect their president; no foreign power will determine who gets elected,” he said.
“That does not worry us because it is unsubstantiated, unverified. anybody could have planted it, you know that in the jostle for power people can do anything.”
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