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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Buhari Disowns 'Daughter's' Twitter Account

President Muhammadu Buhari has disowned a twitter account purportedly operated by his daughter, Zahra, which contains tweets disparaging some world leaders.

An Aso Rock statement issued on Sunday, July 5, 2015, disclosed that the said twitter account - @Zahra_Buhari - was no longer operated by the President's daughter as it had earlier been compromised by hackers.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, explained that "Zahra's authentic handle is @ZmBuhari and any handle other than this on Twitter should be considered as fake and therefore fraudulent."

Shehu urged the public to disregarded any tweets emanating from the fake account as Aso Rock considers them the handiwork of hackers seeking to cause mischief between Nigeria and other friendly countries.

Shehu's statement reads: "The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to unauthorised 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.

"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 the 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."

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