President Muhammadu Buhari has warned presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 elections to refrain from personal attacks.
The president wants politicians to stick to issue-based campaigns.
Buhari said this on Thursday at the 2023 elections peace accord signing organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) in Abuja.
In a statement released by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, Buhari said fake news and misinformation tend to fuel personal attacks, insults, and incitements.
”I appeal to the contestants, especially their publicity agents and media advisers to shun personal attacks, avoid insults and incitement, reject the spread of fake news, and commit to issue-based campaigns and political rallies,” he said.
”The 2023 election is more than an election, it is an opportunity to serve Nigeria, to defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress.
”Therefore, I call on all Nigerians, political parties, politicians, security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is placed first above regional and sectional claims.”
The president said misinformation has significantly diminished the civility and decency in public discourse and debate, describing it as a threat to democracy.