The Presidency has debunked reports of an advisory from the Department of State Services (DSS) to President Muhammadu Buhari warning against the choice of Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports ongoing controversy and condemnations over the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima, a Muslim as the presidential running mate to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is also a Muslim.
An online report (not by DIPLOMATIC DIARY) claimed that the DSS, in its advisory to the President, had raised the alarm on the negative security implication of such a pair.
But reacting to the report, The Presidency in a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the report as false.
The statement read: “We wish to advise well-meaning Nigerians to ignore a laughably puerile report by an apparently pirate online newspaper seeking to sow division and chaos on the choice of Governor Kashim Shettima as the running mate of our party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“This so-called newspaper is like a deadly virus. Stay safe by keeping away from its toxic reports.”