The Presidency says that the Twitter handle of the President’s daughter, Zahra Buhari, was hacked and abandoned a long time ago.
A controversial tweet was sent out from her former handle, @Zahra_Buhari, a few days ago.
The Twitter handle had criticised Gambian President, President Yahya Jammeh over his remarks against gay people.
In reaction to the controversy generated by the tweet, the Presidency released a statement on Sunday, to offer some clarification into the matter.
“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.”
“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 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.”