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Pro-Buhari protesters not rented crowd – Presidency

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has dismissed assertion that the presidency sponsored the group of Nigerians that embarked on solidarity protests across the country in support of the President.

He stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents shortly after addressing the pro-President Buhari protesters at the Federal Secretariat/Supreme Court Junction of main entrance of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ojudu said that the presidency was not in the habit of hiring people for protest marches, saying that all those who participated in the pro-Buhari protest were die-hard supporters of the president.

NAN reports that while addressing the pro-Buhari protesters, Ojudu alerted Nigerians on the activities of some elements that had ganged up against the President Buhari-led administration.

He, therefore, charged the pro-Buhari protesters to join hands with other well meaning Nigerians to stand up against those elements, who are bent on frustrating the ongoing developmental efforts of the federal government.

“President Buhari stands for anti-corruption. Buhari is not selfish, is not fighting for himself and the elements who are selfish; who are greedy and corrupt they are standing up and are coming together against him.

“You have to mobilise and educate people across Nigeria to stand up against these people.’’

The presidential aide however challenged members of the pro-Buhari group on the need to conduct themselves peacefully and shun any act capable of causing social unrest.

The protesters, who were in their hundreds, presented a letter of solidarity to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo through Ojudu.

The protesters, who came from different states of the federation, had earlier stormed the Unity Fountain, Abuja, singing solidarity songs in support of Buhari.

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