President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday described as "mischievous" recent social media broadcasts alleging that he condemned inequality before the 2015 general elections.

The President through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina said the circulated portion of the February 2015 lecture by the then Candidate Buhari at Chatham House, London is "fictive".

The President had in the "fictive" statement being circulated said, "What is the difference between me and those who elected us to represent them, absolutely nothing. Why should Nigerian President not fly with other Nigerian public? Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a President with a huge crowd with public funds? Why do I need to go for a medical trip abroad if we cannot make our hospital (sic) functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we cannot developed (sic) our university (sic) to compete with the foreign ones?"

This the statement by Adeshina described as a "pernicious twisting and misinterpretation of the words of the President by mischievous elements, perhaps that they can earn him opprobrium and infamy."

The President at the Chatham House lecture on February 27, 2015 was however quoted by Vanguard newspaper ad saying the then ruling party in Nigeria, the PDP had created a dual economy in the country, one for the rich and one for the poor.

The statement extracted from the full text of the speech delivered by Buhari says, "A development economist once said three questions should be asked about a country’s development: one, what is happening to poverty? Two, what is happening to unemployment? And three, what is happening to inequality? The answers to these questions in Nigeria show that the current administration has created two economies in one country, a sorry tale of two nations: one economy for a few who have so much in their tiny island of prosperity; and the other economy for the many who have so little in their vast ocean of misery." (Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/chatham-house-buharis-speech-on-nigerias-transition/").

The circulated potion of the Chatham House speech is thought to be a spontaneous comment made by the then Presidential hopeful, perhaps as a rider to the above statement which was in his written speech.

No visual record has however been accessed buttressing this position.