Presidency disowns Zahra Buhari’s alleged Twitter comments
THE Presidency yesterday disowned the alleged “unexpected Tweets” by an account, which it claimed was falsely linked to Zahra, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The clarification, which was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja, was informed by the torrents of reactions and enquiries by some missions about offending comments against some foreign leaders purportedly made by her.
The statement admitted that while she was on Tweeter, it stated that she had since ceased operating the offending handle @Zahra_Buhari for a long time, since it was compromised by hackers.
The statement said, “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to unauthorized and unexpected Tweets by an account falsely linked to Zahra Buhari, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Following enquiries by a few foreign missions on the raging online controversy about unsavoury comments against some foreign leaders purportedly made by her, we wish to state categorically that Zahra is indeed on Twitter but the offending handle @Zahra_Buhari has stopped being her own for a long time since it was compromised by hackers.
“Tweets by this handle are therefore, not her own and should be disregarded and considered as the work of hackers seeking to cause mischief between this country and other friendly states.”
It went further to say that Zahra’s authentic handle is @ZmBuhari, adding that any handle other than this on Twitter should be considered as fake and therefore fraudulent.
“It also pertinent to state at this point that neither the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari nor the other children are presently on Twitter, Facebook or the various other platforms.
“As they explore the possibilities on this new territory, we request the general public to ignore the many accounts on various platforms in their names that currently exist. Such accounts, beside the authentic one cited above in the name of Zahra are unauthorized and therefore fake,” the statement concluded.
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