Alleged plot: Buhari’s nephew demands N5 billion for defamation

“It is just sad that a boy of that age will be doing all these things without looking at examples of other people that had done these things and where they are today.

President Buhari with his nephew Sabiu Tunde Yusuf in Aso Rock

Sabiu Tunde Yusuf, the nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally responded to the allegation that he was working against the presidential bid of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 elections. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Yusuf (Tunde) as he is more fondly called) has denied the allegations, insisting that the allegations were made up fictitious and deliberately erroneous.

To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Sabiu Yusuf (Tunde), has written the Convener of North-South Progressives Alliance, Alwan Hassan, demanding Five Billion Naira (N5,000,000,000:00) for damages he said  “a defamatory comment” recently made by Mr Hassan caused him.

The alleged defamatory remarks were made by Mr Hassan during the Monday 6 February 2023 edition of Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. The remarks were also published by Channels Television on its website.

According to Hassan, who spoke on Channels Television on Monday, Yusuf, the Personal Assistant to Buhari, was allegedly leveraging his closeness to the President to ensure that Tinubu does not win the election.

He said: “There is this kid called Sabi’u Tunde. “He is the only one doing all these things.

“So he is trying to use that opportunity because he is very close to the president, he could manipulate everything or anything he wants to.

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“It is just sad that a boy of that age will be doing all these things without looking at examples of other people that had done these things and where they are today.

“Everything that is happening on these Naira notes is Sabiu Tunde.

“He has spoken to a lot of people. “He has told people that he is hell-bent on making sure we don’t win elections and that Asiwaju doesn’t win elections.”

Yusuf, who spoke through his solicitors, Wole Olanipekun & Co, said in the letter: “Our client denies the allegations and references to him contained in your publications as made-up, concocted, fabricated, fictitious and deliberately erroneous.

“Your said publication was/is intended to reduce our client’s estimation in the eyes of well-meaning people.

“Presumably, your actions towards our client were eventuated by bad faith, spite and hatred.

“Our client’s reputation has been seriously damaged, and he has also suffered considerable distress and embarrassment. This is more so that, issues in respect of which you publicly laid the blame at the doorstep of our client are those which have garnered national attention and, in some reported instances, led to violent protests. Thus, your actions, in fact, put our client at risk of physical harm.

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Yusuf, who is asking Hassan to pay N5 billion as damages for defamation, also demanded for “an unequivocal retraction of all allegations published by you about our client in the course of the above-referenced telecast”.

He added: “A public apology to our client to be issued vide the same channel(s) through which you published the initial defamatory remarks.

“Both the retraction and public apology should be published in at least four newspapers with coverage and circulation across all geo-political zones in Nigeria.

“In the event that you do not comply with our client’s above legitimate demands within 21 days of receipt of this letter, our client reserves the right to resort to all means legally permissible under various laws which you are subject to municipally and globally to seek the appropriate redress relating to the unwarranted attacks on his person and ascription of derogatory falsehood to his character by you.”

Eagle Online