'It is not in our tradition to hire people to stage solidarity protest. All those who participated in the pro-Buhari protest were die-hard supporters of the president,' the Presidency says.

The statement was in response to critics that had claimed the Presidency hired pro-Buhari protesters to hold a solidarity match in support of President Muhammadu Buhari to douse protests seeking his resignation.

It was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, while addressing reporters on Monday after a chat with pro-Buhari protesters at the Federal Secretariat/Supreme Court Junction, the main entrance of the Presidential Villa, Abuja

He dismissed the assertion that the presidency sponsored the group of Nigerians that embarked on solidarity protests across the country in support of President Buhari's administration.

“I was working in my office when I was called to go and receive them, just the way we also received the BringBackOurGirls’ protesters last time.

“This presidency does not give money to anybody. This is not our tradition, it is not our culture to buy protesters or induce people to do any.

“You will be surprised the day President Buhari is coming back to see the millions of people that will go to the airport to welcome him,’’ he said.

Ojudu dismissed the insinuation that the presidency deliberately shunned the coalition of civil society organisations demanding that Buhari should “resume duty or resign".

The presidential aide, however, expressed the readiness of the presidency to talk to the coalition if they indicated interest to do so.

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