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Buhari embarks on image laundering stomp

By HUGO ODIOGOR, Deputy Politics Editor

Former Military Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has decided to confront head long the image problem that has been hurting his campaign in the southern part of the country with a more robust and proactive approach ahead of the 2011 elections.

The Katsina born General is saddled with lingering image problem of muzzling the press with the Protection of Public Officers Against False Accusation, Decree No 4 of 1984, and alleged abuse of human rights by the defunct National Security Organisation, (NSO).

Besides, the presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), is also saddled with the challenge of convincing the South that he is not a religious bigot as alleged by his political opponent and the he could be trusted to rescue Nigeria from decadence and bad governance.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that campaign managers of Buhari have lined up a series of media tour for the former military strong man with a view to reaching out to media executives and organisations in the country. He is also billed to meet with the President of Christian Association of Nigeria,(CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), notable members of the Christian Community in the country, .members of the human rights community.

The former head of state took steps this week to douse public perception that he is a religious fanatic and anti Christian faith with a visit to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye last Wednesday at the Redemption Camp Km 46, Mowe in Ogun State.
Their meeting took place behind closed doors and details remain sketchy but sources said the discussion centered on the 2011 elections.

Gen. Buhari was accompanied by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives Alhaji Bello Masari. After the meeting Gen. Buhari simply cautioned his fellow political actors to refrain from promoting religious and ethnic sentiment.


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