- Bashir Ahmad has denied getting appointed as DPR manager
- The President Muhammadu Buhari's aide described the report of his appointment at petroleum ministry as 100% false
- A news blog had alleged that Bashir was appointed "despite lacking vital training in hydrocarbon regulations"
Bashir Ahmad, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, has denied getting an appointment as a manager of the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) in the Ministry of Petroleum.
A budding new blog, Peoples' Gazatte, had "exclusively" reported that Bashir was secretly appointed as DPR manager by his principal Buhari.
The news blog also claimed that Bashir was appointed "despite lacking vital training in hydrocarbon regulations."
The report led to a social media confrontation, with a Twitter user named Gbenga Gold Olorunponmi saying he was "utterly ashamed" that Bashir was appointed despite that he is "grossly unqualified for this job."
"Until the Presidency come out to publicly deny this, I will assume it is 100% true. And, I am completely and utterly ashamed that, again, this administration is showing the country and the party complete disrespect. The Bashir I know is grossly unqualified for this job. Rubbish!"
Responding to the allegation in a tweet on Monday, February 15, Ahmad described the report as 100% false. According to him, he is not a staff of the DPR.
"A friend sent me a link to a concocted story from an online news blog that the President has quietly appointed me as a manager of the DPR, a department of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, for those who want to know the truth, the story is 100% FALSE. I am not a staff of the DPR," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari's aide on social media, gave kudos to officers of the Nigerian police for the way they conducted themselves at the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest in Lagos state.
Onochie, in reaction to the demonstration on Saturday, February 13, said the police operated in a professional manner as nobody was hurt during the protest.
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