ABUJA—The Presidency has debunked rumours gaining ground in some online and social media that the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, had been sacked by the Federal Government.
A source from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, citing security concerns yesterday, warned politicians against spreading falsehood capable of inciting violence to desist from doing so.
The source said they have been bombarded with calls from all parts of the country, describing the rumoured sack as an outright falsehood and mischievous propaganda, allegedly engineered by some forces within the main opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to a Presidency official, “the rumoured sack of Jega is not from the Presidency, but part of the propaganda by the opposition to soil the good name of the President, to discredit the government and cause trouble.”
The top official noted that the current administration is a law-abiding government that “follows the constitution in the discharge of its duties, including the Chairman of INEC or any member for that matter.
“The laws are clear about the question of leaving or not leaving and government has nothing to do with that. The man has a job to do and please allow him to do the job without dragging government into it and the man working under the rule of law.
“This is the government that has been obeying the rule of law and is not going to abandon its adherence to it. Please, they should allow Professor Jega to do his work and stop heating up the polity.”