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Presidency Denies Zahra Buhari’s Linkage With @POTUS Hate Tweets

by on July 5, 2015
 

By Kayode Sesan

The Presidency has disowned an alleged Twitter comments against some foreign leaders by an account falsely linked to Zahra Buhari, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the offending handle @Zahra_Buhari had stopped being her own for a long time since it was compromised by hackers.

He said the clarification had become imperative in view of the enquiries by a few foreign missions on the raging online controversy about the unsavory comments against the foreign leaders.

Shehu, therefore, maintained that Tweets by this handle, were not her own and should be disregarded and considered as the work of hackers seeking to cause mischief between Nigeria and other friendly states.

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According to him, Zahra’s authentic handle is @ZmBuhari and any handle other than this on Twitter, should be considered as fake and therefore fraudulent.

He further disclosed that neither the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, nor the other children “are presently on Twitter, Facebook or the various other platforms.’’

The statement read, “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 unsavory 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.

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“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.

“Zahra’s authentic handle is @ZmBuhari and 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.

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“Such accounts, beside the authentic one cited above in the name of Zahra, are unauthorized and therefore fake.’’

Observers wonder why Zahra is the only member of the Buhari family on Twitter.

Investigations by BREAKING TIMES on Saturday revealed that the offensive @Zahra_Buhari handle has been active for months leading to Nigeria’s presidential campaign and actually belongs to the Nigerian President’s daughter Zahra. The account has grown from a few hundred followers when it was first introduced to Nigerians, to over 400,000 followers. The account was active during the Presidential Campaign that brought her father into office.

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