Scandal appears to follow President Muhammadu Buhari meeting with leaders of the National Assembly over the recent killings in Benue State.
Present at the meeting held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Aso Villa was Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara at the Aso Villa.
According to the presidency, the meeting discussed the security situation in Benue and other parts of the country. “The presidency called the meeting to brief @nassnigeria on @AsoRock’s ongoing efforts at #SecuringBenue,” a tweet from the official handle of the president (@NGRPresident) said on Sunday.
Aso Rock also shared photos of the meeting showing the three leaders beaming with smiles. It should be noted wide smiles and boisterous laughter, is the hallmark of photo ops of the Buhari presidency.
So when the photo below was shared on social media by the State House, a swift citizen backlash ensued.
The offensive photo showed the three men seated around a table and laughing, with the caption: “President Muhammadu Buhari meeting with Senate President and the speaker Yakubu Dogara.’’ Some other Twitter affiliated with the government, including the @APCNigeria handle quickly shared the same photo, stating that the meeting was called to discuss the FG’s efforts to secure Benue and other parts of the country.
The meeting according to the personal assistant of the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, was to brief the National Assembly leadership on ongoing efforts at finding a lasting solution to the security situation in Benue and other parts of the country.
“The president is also expected to meet stakeholders from Benue state on Monday, January 15, 2018, as part of efforts to resolving the recurrent crisis among farmers and herdsmen in the state,” a statement from Aso Rock said.