Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has denied media reports that he ordered state officials to dress formally.
Recall that in a viral video of him speaking in Hausa, Governor Bago reportedly asked officials not to wear “Baba Riga and Kaftan” and that they should brace themselves and go to the farm.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, the governor's spokesperson, Bologi Ibrahim, said the governor had been quoted out of context and had not put his statement in its original context.
He said the governor has not announced or mandated a dress code for civil servants, but he meant that each professional should be dressed according to the demands of his or her job.
Ibrahim alleged that the viral video was curiously and mischievously edited to defame the governor, stressing that the general public should ignore the clip as the entire video clearly defines what he meant.
He therefore advised social media influencers to be aware and confident of the content and context of the information they disseminate on social media to avoid misrepresentation.
He said: “Mr Governor believes that as a state we have no reason to be poor because of the huge agricultural potential of the state and that his government was already investing heavily in the agricultural revolution. agriculture, including civil servants.
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“The governor just encouraged officials to be farmers and be good farmers. The governor merely encouraged civil servants to always dress smartly on the farm, which in no way implied that civil servants now have a dress code in the office from Monday to Thursday, as wrongly captured in the video making the rounds do.