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Jonathan censures paper over Babangida visit report

06 August 2013, 16:31

Abuja -  President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned a newspaper report suggesting he intended to visit former President Ibrahim Babangida as untrue.

He demanded that the People's Daily retract the article.

“The mischievous lead report in the Peoples Daily newspaper today that President Goodluck Jonathan sought to visit former President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna to show him “the spirit of comradeship” during Ramadan is completely untrue,” Jonathan said in a statement released by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati.

Abati stated that although President Jonathan participated in the Ramadan fast every year in solidarity with Nigerians of the Islamic faith, he had never visited the residence of any individual to break his fast.

“We condemn the decision of the editors of the Peoples Daily to publish such arrant falsehood in spite of our vigorous rebuttal as a further manifestation of a continuing effort to sow the seeds of discord," Abati stated.

The newspaper, in its article published on Tuesday, cited "reliable presidency source" and “a source close to the former president.”

Abati insisted the report was false despite such claims.

"We therefore demand a full retraction of the totally false report which demeans the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an apology by the newspaper."

- CAJ News


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