- Presidential aide, Femi Adesina, says a parody account has been posting spurious messages justifying the attacks by herdsmen
- The presidency denounces the message in its entirety
- The Senate ad hoc committee on security visits Benue state on a fact-finding mission
The Nigerian presidency has alerted Nigerians about a fake Twitter handle purportedly belonging to President Muhammadu Buhari
Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity said the parody account has been posting spurious messages justifying the attacks by herdsmen, saying they were only defending themselves, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“Evil doers and enemies of our country are obviously at work, seeking ways to further advance their pernicious acts. The message is denounced in its entirety, and President Buhari stands by his earlier condemnation of the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as dastardly and unacceptable before God and man," Femi Adesina said.
“Those behind the concocted message are also enemies of God and man, who have no place in a decent society.
“The President stands by his earlier directives that all those behind wanton killings in any part of the country must be brought to book”.
Below is a photo of the fake tweet:
Meanwhile, the Senate ad hoc committee on security is currently in Benue state on a fact-finding mission over the killings and destruction by herdsmen in the state.
The visit is as a result of a directive from Senate president, Bukola Saraki, for members of the committee to immediately resume sitting and work through the weekend to ensure they have an interim report ready for the consideration of senators by next week.
A member of the committee, Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South), told Punch newspapers on on Friday, January 12 that she was already in Benue state together with other members of the panel.
She disclosed that the panel was billed to meet with Governor Samuel Ortom, thTor Tiv, security agencies, community leaders and other stakeholders on the matter today, Saturday, January 13.
Benue state holds memorial service for victims of suspected herdsmen attack on NAIJ.com TV