The former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, denied statement attributed to her about #BringBackOurGirls campaign and has called on Nigerians to ignore it.
Social media reports had quoted Oby Ezekwesili as saying that the campaign was a “project with Fulani to tarnish” image of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and favour that of Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Mr Ozioma Ubabukoh, Spokesperson to Ezekwesili in a statement issued a statement on Monday stated that Ezekwesili will never make such a false statement about the campaign for the release of the abducted ChibokGirls.
According to Ubabukoh, it was a “desperate attempt” to malign the BBOG campaign as well as Ezekwesili’s advocacy for the abducted ChibokGirls.
“Ezekwesili never said and can never make such egregiously false statement about the empathetic campaign she led for the rescue of the abducted ChibokGirls.
“Ezekwesili has commenced legal actions for libel against media outlets and individuals who publish and disseminate this disgusting fake news that was fabricated by those who wickedly continue to deny the failure of the Federal Government in 2014 to swiftly respond and rescue ChibokGirls.”
“The dubious authors of the fake quote had, in their desperate efforts to mislead the public, deviously ascribed a false quote to Ezekwesili.
“Propagating falsehood, they fictionally quoted Ezekwesili as saying that the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign for the rescue of 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls was a ‘project with Fulani to tarnish’ one administration for the benefit of another in the 2015 elections.
“The original author and other peddlers of the fake news have already been identified and reported to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and other social media platforms, which are taking appropriate actions.”
“We urge members of the public to, please, ignore the patently false, fictional and fake news being peddled by those who have steadfastly refused to acknowledge the injustice done to the Chibok secondary schoolgirls, even seven years after the tragedy occurred.”
She also said that any other individual or media outlet that disseminates the “fake news” further will be sued.