The Presidency has denied stories and visuals circulating on the social media about the purported harassment of President Muhammadu Buhari by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Japan.
It said on Monday that Buhari had nothing to do with IPOB since arriving in Yokohama, Japan.
The President had jetted out of the country on Sunday to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
The conference opens on August 28 and ends on August 30.
The Presidency claimed that the stories and visuals were the handiwork of “hate mongers,” whose aim was to attempt to tarnish the image of Buhari.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, it noted, “The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra group has had nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari since he arrived Yokohama, Japan, on Monday.
“Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora are urged to disregard concocted stories, backed with spurious visuals, of any protest or harassment of the President and his team.
“President Buhari will make his presence at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) count for Nigeria, and no scare-mongering will detract from the outing.”
IPOB had in the past days threatened that its members would protest in Japan upon the arrival of Buhari.
The group warned the President not to come to Japan.