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EDITORIAL | Buhari’s Handlers and the Social Media Fraud at Twitter Nigeria

 

Barely 24 hours into the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, Twitter Nigeria officially verified the handle @NGRPresident as the official Twitter handle of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Similarly, Twitter also verified @FLON – First Lady of Nigeria. The @NGRPresident handle now belongs to President Muhammadu Buhari while the @FLON handle now belongs to Aisha Buhari as First Lady of Nigeria.

A careful interrogation of the accounts shows clearly that these accounts are not newly created accounts but already existing private accounts of Muhammadu Buhari and Aisha Buhari which have been active and in use for the Buhari Presidential campaign even before he won the presidential elections of March 28, 2015. They were simply updated and verified within 24 hours of Buhari’s inauguration. The @FLON handle of Aisha Buhari was brazenly verified by Twitter on May 28, 2015 even before the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President. This is morally incorrect and a violation of Twitter’s policy ethics.

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The @NGRPresident was announced by @MBuhari as the official handle of the President on Friday May 29, 2015 shortly after Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration.

These two people only became president and first lady today. The @FLON handle has a tweet that was tweeted on April 17, 2015 that says “#CountDowntoChange” which suggests that Aisha Buhari and her handlers have been sitting on this handle.  A similar trend is obvious with the @NGRPresident handle as shown in the screenshot above.

Something is definitely fishy here and betrays the distasteful partisanship of the staff and handlers at Twitter Nigeria. More repugnant is the fact that the official and verified handle of Twitter in Nigeria – @TwitterNigeria has been re-tweeting pro Buhari campaign tweets even before his victory at the March 28, 2015 polls was announced and subsequently, his official inauguration on May 29, 2015 as President. Pray, what is the business of the official and verified Twitter handle of Twitter Nigeria with partisan politics? Is this not a careless violation of the non-partisan ethics of Twitter as a global social media corporation?

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From their tweeting history, the @NGRPresident and @FLON handles have been active and in existence even before Buhari’s victory and inauguration. So why were the handles not made available for the official use of the offices of President Goodluck Jonathan and Dame Patience Jonathan before today?

Apparently these two handles have been in the possession of Buhari’s handlers who clearly are working in partisan collusion with the staff at Twitter Nigeria. The Editorial Board of BREAKING TIMES observes that this is a breach of social media ethics and protocol on the part of Buhari’s team and on the part of Twitter Nigeria. The sheer moral repugnance of it is condemnable.

Worse still, that the official and verified handle of Twitter in Nigeria would retweet pro Buhari political tweets smacks nothing but a partisan mess that Twitter must correct and internally reprimand to preserve its corporate image and serve as a deterrent to erring staff who are dragging the name of the brand into partisan politics.

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There is certainly the need for Twitter to investigate the circumstances surrounding their Nigeria operations and how the @NGRPresident and @FLON handles got verified. It will be a disaster for Twitter if partisan supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari are running its corporate Nigerian operations. It simply means that the Nigerian opposition is no longer safe on Twitter and all their private conversations may be spied upon and compromised by these partisan loyalists of the President working with Twitter.

That Twitter Nigeria would verify the official handle of the highest office in the land and hold it back from the legitimate occupant of that office until a later date when a ‘preferred’ President assumes office is to say the least, reprehensible.

BT EDITORIAL – 30/05/2015

 

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  • Soulbroda
    May 30, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I have never read so much bullshit in one article. This is full of bullshit. Very one-sided, partisan article. The press are supposed to be the middle-men. Rubbish!

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  • sam
    May 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Chai! The foolishness behind this article can not be overstated. A man campaigns with his twitter account before elections then after winning, he changes the handle and verifies with twitter and that is fishy to you? Did GEJ ask for the same handle and get refused by twitter? So because he won it now means twitter somehow cheated in his favour. Pray tell, whose campaign hashtags trended the most on twitter during the election period; GEJ’s or Buhari’s?
    See ehn, just get a life abeg! Your site already sucks, don’t make it much worse!

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  • jonathan maxwell
    May 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    this is absolute rubbish, am suprise musiliu obanikoro can retweet this and post it on his facebook page. this is baseless.

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  • ahmed
    May 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Very true. This needs to be investigated urgently.

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  • Gab
    May 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Kudos for this revelation. That there were conspiracies internally and externally to fraudulently support Buhari’s candidacy does not surprise me. Not a few have been working overtime to concoct an Avalanche of fabricated phantom corruption stories and other anti GEJ orchestrations to derail the last administration. The latest was the orchestrated mess of electricity blackouts and fuel scarcity just to paint a picture that GMB is inheriting a basket case. Anything built on fraud will meet its demise in no time. Let us see how far they can go with deceit.

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  • TOBO
    May 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    This is arrant Nonsense and against the ethics of Social Media. Am beginning to get scared of using twitter!

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  • Oluwaseun Akinwande
    May 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Of all the problems Nigeria is facing, this is Musiliu Obanikoro’s best he has to highlight. Does anyone imagine what calamity could have befallen Lagosians if this man had emerged governor?

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  • Tee
    May 30, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Is this news?
    Is this relevant?
    To what end and how is this particularly important?

    What is the point of this?

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  • ronny
    May 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Obanikoro and his Boyz needs to get a life #bunchofloosers

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