The presidency has described as “fake news” reports that technical hitch prevented President Muhammadu Buhari from participating in a virtual United Nations (UN) event.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu issued the rebuttal to the story on Friday.
He lambasted popular online news medium, Sahara Reporters for reporting the story, even though the medium quoted reputable newspaper, The Punch in its report.
The report published on Thursday stated that poor network connection prevented Buhari from addressing the virtual UN meeting convened at the instance of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.
The meeting was themed on finance for development.
Quoting The Punch, Sahara Reporters reported that: “Buhari’s connection from Abuja had hitches right from the start as he went on and off for seconds before the video connection went off completely”.
But Shehu tweeted on Friday: “The country’s fake news factory, @SaharaReporters is at it again. President Buhari addressed the conference yesterday. We were there. We all saw it.”
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 29, 2020
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