- Former military head of state, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, says he does not have any social media accounts
- The development comes on the heels of a purported congratulatory message from one Twitter handle bearing Babangida’s name, to Atiku Abubakar
- IBB says the Twitter handles bearing his name and photographs are fake and targeted at misleading unsuspecting members of the public
Gen Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Nigeria’s former military head of state, has distanced himself from all social media accounts in his name.
Babangida, in a statement issued via his media office, distanced himself from Twitter handles making statements in his name, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng notes that the development comes on the heels of a purported congratulatory message from one such Twitter handle to Atiku Abubakar, who recently emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The full statement read: “The attention of the media office to General Babangida GCFR, has been drawn to the existence of several twitter handles purportedly owned by the former military president.
“We wish to inform members of the public, particularly members of the social media community that General Babangida currently has no Twitter handle.
“Also, we wish to state categorically therefore, that the Twitter handles bearing the name and photographs of General Babangida are fake and targeted at misleading unsuspecting members of the public.
“Accordingly, we wish to advise all members of the social media community and the general public to be wary of the fake accounts and discountenance whatever message conveyed therein.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Gen Ibrahim Babangida said that the 2019 presidential election is not a do-or-die affair, and called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make sure the election is free and fair.
Babangida gave this call when the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, visited him in Niger state. He called on the PDP to learn from its past mistakes which led to its defeat in 2015.
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