During a campaign in Zamfara State president Muhammadu Buhari used a word in Hausa that has now triggered missed feelings, with people giving different interpretations to the word. 

"Fitna" is the word that Buhari used that has now required that the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should defend their leader. 

In a statement the spokesman for the Council, Festus Keyamo, said presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had at a campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, alleged that President Buhari called for violence when he campaigned in Zamfara State. 

"Nothing can be farther from the truth," the APC said, as it explains what "Fina" means.

"The Hausa word the President used in Zamfara, which has been taken out of context, is “fitna”. Incidentally all our Hausa language scholars have said the word means different things: it means distress, trial, affliction or temptation.

"It can also be used to describe rebellion or uprising.

"In this case, President Buhari was actually weighing in on the joke told very often of recent in the North that due to the rice boom, farmers have embarked on pilgrimage and the marrying of more wives.

"So, what the President meant was actually a joke deliberately taken out of context: he simply told the crowd to ensure they eat very well because of the rice boom before they can contemplate giving in to those temptations.

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"Even in some private meetings with our campaign team, the President has always commented on this joke. Sadly, out of desperation, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has decided to peddle falsehood.

"We urge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to realise that it is God Almighty that gives power and takes power.

"He should not use his palpable desperation to return to power (in order to sell Nigeria to his “friends” and to make them rich) to set this nation ablaze by outright falsehood," the Council's statement read.

It further claimed that the claims that Buhari called for violence was typical of the PDP and Atiku’s Campaign team, saying the have continued in their favourite pastime of peddling falsehood, scaremongering and misinformation.

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