28 February 2014

Nigeria: Presidency Under Fire Over Document Linking Sanusi to Boko Haram

Photo: Premium Times
President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammed Buhari are also on the list of Nigeria's influential people in 2014.

Special Assistant to the President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokiri, is presently caught up in a massive scandal after the digital footprint of a slanderous write-up against the recently suspended governor of the Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido, was traced to his computer, according to an online media outfit, Premiun Times.

Omokri is believed to have used a pseudonym, Wendell Simlin, to circulate an article that tried to link the recent spike in Boko Haram attack to the suspension of the CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi.

The article tried to use a purported historical framework to draw contextual relationship between the suspended CBN governor and Boko Haram attacks.

"Given the quantum of funds that were appropriated by the Sanusi-led CBN on non-banking-related activities and donations, and the strong desire that he and Umaru Abdul Mutallab have for proselytising Islam as well as their circumstantial links to terror (Sanusi via Gideon Akaluka and Mutallab via his son), it is not such a leap for them to facilitate the activities of terrorists," the article read in part.

The article was circulated to bloggers and journalists on Wednesday with the third party email address, but an analysis of the document's metadata revealed that Reno Omokri had authored it.

The document's digital signature, according to Premium Times, shared a 100 per cent resemblance with others that Premium Times had received from Mr. Omokri in the past.

The document was created by Mr. Omokri or someone else who used his Hewlett Packard computer at 10:01 on Wednesday. Sixteen minutes after it was created, the document was printed and revised once before it was sent out at 11:54 using the Wendell Simlin's email address, the report said.

The email was sent out using the Nigerian government's official internet service provider, Galaxy Backbone, from Abuja, Feyi Fawehimi who first investigated the mail told Premium Times.

The revelation of the potential scandal angered Nigerians on social media with many calling for his sack, the report said.

Omokri has the reputation of being government's online marksman, believed to be the president's coordinator of internet trols, and leads the government's social media onslaught on opposition parties and critics of the administration.

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