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Buhari’s Social Media Aides, Ahmad, Onochie, Others Risk Sacking After Twitter Ban—Presidency Source

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A few of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media aides could also be sacked as Presidency sources stated they’re now jobless after final Friday’s ban on social microblogging large, Twitter, within the nation.

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SaharaReporters learnt that among the prime photographs within the Presidency, who’ve an axe to grind with the overzealous social media aides, have been silently pushing for his or her sacking since Twitter was banned and the aides deemed to be idle.



SaharaReporters gathered that the aides that will go embody Bashir Ahmad, who tweets by means of @bashirahmaad, and is the Private Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, and Lauretta Onochie, Private Assistant to the President on Social Media. Others are Tolu Ogunlesi, who’s Particular Assistant on Digital and New Media to the President.

“A few of them might be requested to go. They’re lobbying too to maintain their jobs. Some prime presidency chiefs imagine these guys simply sit on Twitter and do nothing. They solely ship out controversial tweets which ridicule Buhari the extra. Whenever you take away Twitter and Instagram from them, a few of them are idle and ineffective,” a prime supply acknowledged.  

“Since final Friday, among the social media aides have been making an attempt to alter their portfolios and add new tasks, in order that they will stay related. They’re presently idle.”

Final Friday, the Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, introduced the suspension of Twitter in a press release signed by his Particular Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, citing the “persistent use of the platform for actions which can be able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence”.

The Minister stated the Federal Authorities had additionally directed the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) to instantly start the method of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The event comes after Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet the place he threatened to deal with Nigerians within the South-East “misbehaving” in “the language they perceive”.

Buhari had in a tweet on Tuesday acknowledged that his authorities would get “tougher” on these hell-bent on destroying the nation.

He stated these desirous to destroy his authorities will obtain the shock of their lives as his administration will do all the pieces doable to make sure they fail.

The president had stated the sponsors and orchestrators of insecurity within the nation are doing so as a result of they need his administration to fail.

“Lots of these misbehaving at the moment are too younger to concentrate on the destruction and lack of lives that occurred through the Nigerian Civil Warfare. These of us within the fields for 30 months, who went by means of the struggle, will deal with them within the language they perceive,” he had stated.

SaharaReporters had additionally on Monday reported that plenty of Buhari’s loyalists labored exhausting to make sure the emergence of their new micro-blogging website, Crowee, and likewise made positive that the administration took a agency choice to droop social media large, Twitter, in Nigeria.

SaharaReporters learnt that on the coronary heart of Crowee is a former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, however he has different forces behind him, to push the agenda.

“The primary group of Buhari’s loyalists have been those that have been bitter by final yr’s October EndSARS protests which just about tore aside the Federal Authorities and the place the mobilisers and sponsors of the protests made use of Twitter successfully to steer an enormous marketing campaign. So, they use Adamu Garba to file a swimsuit towards Twitter,” a prime supply had revealed to SaharaReporters.

“The second group of Buhari’s loyalists who help the emergence of Crowee and truly funded it and labored exhausting to make sure Twitter sank are those that are bitter by the rising marketing campaign of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra on Twitter and their worldwide internet of collaborators and sponsors. They believed that by banning Twitter, there could be a deep communication hole between Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) diaspora and IPOB at residence,” one other supply had acknowledged.

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