Impersonators now use my name, Obasanjo cries

Impersonators now use my name, Obasanjo cries

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:24 am

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Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Nigeria’sformer President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is being impersonated on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. And he says he is not happy with this.

He has therefore instructed those operating such to immediately block such accounts while alerting Nigerians that he does not have any of the two social media accounts.

A social media twitter account, @newsvergeonline had yesterday, posted a tweet, claiming that the former President had described the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, as a “democracy wrecker.”

Checks revealed that the tweet account with name, Olusegun A. Obasanjo posted the story with caption: “Fani-Kayode is a democracy wrecker, who’s very fluent in stupidity. Give him food, and he will sing and do ‘shoki’ dance for you.”

However, on the profile of the Twitter account, the operator states that it is just a parody account of the former President.

While reacting to the information, Obasanjo on Monday dismissed the account, declaring that all his previous accounts on either Facebook or Twitter had long been blocked.

When our correspondent contacted him at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta to comment on the Twitter account, Obasanjo who was busy playing a traditional game called ‘Ayo’ with a friend said: “I don’t know where this came from. I don’t have any account on either the Facebook or Twitter again, go and block it,” Obasanjo instructed.

The former president however used the opportunity to caution those using his name to operate illegal social media accounts, warning that, “the security agencies have been placed on alert to fish out the perpetrators.

“Let me say that, nemesis will catch up with anyone doing this. It is illegal and criminal. If I have to pass any message to the good people of Nigeria, I know how to go about it with no controversy,” he said.

When our correspondent checked the Twitter account @SegunObasanjo, the social media platform returned a message that read: “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”

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