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The Presidency has denied a report by Sahara Reporters on Sunday, September 3, which claimed President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday, September 4, 2017 for a trip to Washington, DC.
The online news platform had said in its report that the trip from Nigeria to the US is reportedly at the invitation of President Donald Trump.

But President Buhari's personal assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie in a tweet said the report was totally untrue.


Earlier, Nigerian Eye reported that online news platform, Sahara Reporters, said a Nigerian presidency source stated that Trump extended the invitation last February, shortly after his inauguration.
The media house also reports that Buhari is scheduled to leave his hometown, Daura, by helicopter at 9:15 am on Monday, September 4, for Katsina airport.

From the airport, he will fly out at 10 am aboard a presidential jet to Washington, DC. 

Also, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed this afternoon released a statement saying the news of President Buhari traveling to the US, which has been credited to him, is fake. 

In the statement released by his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, Lai Mohammed, said a parody twitter created in his name was used to disseminate the information that President Buhari was traveling to the US to condole with President Trump over the recent Texas flood. Lai Mohammed said Nigerians should disregard this news as it is fake. Read the statement below

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged Nigerians to disregard the fake news being circulated via a parody Twitter account and an old NTA news video that President Muhammadu Buhari is traveling or has traveled to the US.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister said one of the numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name, @MohammedLai, was used to disseminate the fake and ludicrous news that claims that President Buhari is due to leave Nigeria for the USA on Monday ''to condole with President Trump over the floods in Houston''.

Also, he said, an old NTA News video being circulated on the Social Media claims that President Buhari has already left for the UN General Assembly in New York.

''This is a 2015 NTA News video that was repackaged to look current, and to give the impression that the President left Daura, where he is celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, directly for New York,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said Nigerians should disregard any news credited to any account in his name, either on Twitter or Facebook, adding: ''Numerous parody accounts have been opened in my name on the two platforms, when indeed I have no Twitter or Facebook accounts.''

The Minister recalled how the same parody Twitter account used to disseminate the fake news about the President's purported trip was employed to circulate a fake report that he sharply criticized Senator Dino Melaye for attending the Notting Hill Carnival in the UK.

He said these two instances highlight the dangers posed to the polity by the purveyors of fake news and disinformation, and vowed that the Federal Government would soon fish out those behind the shenanigans.

''Fake news, disinformation and hate speech are the antics of the naysayers, those who are pathologically opposed to this Administration. That is why we are urging Nigerians to be more discerning and to double check any information emanating from the Social Media,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.


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  1. It may still be true considering APC and their many lies.

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    1. Ewu Igbo, your hatred for your country can never bring Biafra.keep hating APC, don't make use of your life and become important to your family. Keep blaming APC for your misfortune.

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  2. So why would Sahara lies, Mrs Onochie, I am beginning to fear people

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    1. Because you prefer lies that's why Sahara is lying to you. The only thing you want to hear is lies against your President. Ewu Igbo.

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    2. ... and poverty will continue to make U anonymous. Idiot!

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  3. Who cares whether it's lie or not,if your travelling will better the country,oyaa keep travelling ..let the country change for good.

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