The case by the Biafra Radio Station that the president stigmatized the Igbo ethnic gathering in a BBC Hausa meeting, is totally false, vindictive and derogatory, presidential representative, Garba Shehu, said Wednesday.
Mr. Shehu said the voice being attributed to President Buhari in the recording, more than once played back by the private station, is most likely not the president’s.
“No one should be deceived by the pirate radio station’s hate propaganda against the president,” Mr. Shehu said in an announcement on Wednesday.
The remarks were the Nigerian administration’s first official reaction to the debate produced by the underground channel’s broadcast.The government said on Tuesday the station had been removed the wireless transmissions, a claim that turned out false.
Mr. Buhari said he has not granted an interview to the BBC since March 31 when he was declared winner of the presidential election, and denied expressing anti-Igbo sentiments in that interview.
“President Buhari has not had any interview with the BBC’s Hausa Service since his assumption of office as alleged by the agents of disunity behind the pirate radio station’s inflammatory and divisive broadcasts,” the statement by Mr. Shehu said.
“The last interview he had with the BBC Hausa Service, lasting not more than five minutes, was on the day he was declared winner and given his certificate of return as President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission