The Presidency has called on Nigerians to disregard claim by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that President Muhammadu Buhari did not travel to Japan.
Buhari had on Sunday left Nigeria for Japan. He travelled to the Asian country to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019.
But IPOB had claimed that Buhari was not in Japan. The group further claimed that photographs showing Buhari in Japan were photoshopped.
However, responding in a statement Monday, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, asked Nigerians to disregard IPOB.
According to Adesina, Buhari arrived Yokohama, Japan on Monday and had no encounter with IPOB.
He said, “Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora are urged to disregard concocted stories, backed with spurious visuals of any protest or harassment of the President and his team. It is the stock-in-trade of hate mongers, who do not realize that the rest of Nigerians have left them far behind.
“President Buhari will make his presence at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) count for Nigeria, and no scare-mongering or sabre-rattling will detract him from the outing.”
IPOB had vowed to attack and arrest Buhari should he land in Japan.