KANO (The T.A. Report) ― The presence of two governors from Niger Republic was actually an embarrassing mistake of phonetics, an aide to the president has told The T.A. Report.

The senior official, who pleaded for his identity not to be disclosed for fear of “being fed to the EFCC like Babachir for political gains”, said the official explanation that they came to understudy President Muhammadu Buhari’s style was mere damage control.

“We were not expecting the governors, Issa Moussa of Zinder and Zakiri Umar of Maradi, at all. It was a surprise, but we had to play along,” he said.

“It was when they showed us genuine letters of invitation from the statehouse that we realised the silly mistake. Baba had given an instruction to an employee at the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, and perhaps that one thought he said ‘Nigerien’ instead of ‘Nigerian’ governors.

“So as the error not to be like another ‘West Germany’ situation, Garba Shehu suggested we come up with a different theory, which is what is now in circulation.”

“There is really no cause for alarm,” he added. “Baba does not need mercenaries to win the election. Nigerian voters are nearly as desperate and gullible as their Nigerien counterparts anyway. We’ll do just fine without foreign support.”


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