October 1, 2022


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No DSS advisory against Muslim-Muslim ticket ―Presidency

The Presidency has debunked reports that the Department of State Service kicked against a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the country.

There had been reports (not by The PUNCH), claiming that DSS wrote an advisory to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), warning that the All Progressives Congress should not field a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 2023 presidential election.

This is coming amidst outrage that greeted the selection of former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima as the running mate of APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu. Both Shettima and Tinubu are Muslims.

In the report, an online platform (not The PUNCH), claimed that DSS warned against the security risk  of fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a  memo forwarded to Buhari.

But Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said no advisory was sent to the president.

He said this in a statement titled, ‘There is no DSS advisory before President Buhari on APC running mate, it’s a false story’.

“We wish to advise well-meaning Nigerians to ignore a laughably puerile report by an apparently pirate online newspaper seeking to sow division and chaos on the choice of Governor Kashim Shettima as the Running Mate of our Party’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“This so-called newspaper is like a deadly virus. Stay safe by keeping away from its toxic reports,” the statement read.

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