The Presidency on Sunday distanced President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter purportedly written by Governor Nasir el Rufai alleging that the President had authorized him to deal with disloyal members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State.
A statement by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said the President was oblivious of any such letter said to be in circulation.
Shehu said given the character of President Buhari, it was inconceivable that he would usurp the powers of party leaders.The statement read: “The presidency wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorized a Governor or anyone else for that matter to “deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.”
“We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member.
“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.
“In the light of above, we would like to appeal to the general public, especially members of the press, to ignore false or unauthorized information intended to attribute to the President any action which is not in line with his character.