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Aisha Buhari denies peddling fake news on old naira notes

  Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has distanced herself from a post that said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had gi...


Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has distanced herself from a post that said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had given the old N1,000 and N500 notes another 70 days to be used.

The message, later called fake news by the CBN, was seen on Mrs Buhari’s verified Instagram account on Tuesday, but it was taken down after a while because the CBN said it wasn’t true.

The First Lady posted the following statement: “Due to the current and unpleasant situation happening In Nigeria, in line with Mr President. After having a closed meeting with him on February 20, 2023, the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) has been directed to ONLY reissue and recirculate the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes, and this is expected to circulate as legal tender for 70 days up to May 1, 2023. Members of the public should therefore continue to spend the old notes.”

Shortly after the central bank rebuffed her post, Mrs Buhari released a statement denying the earlier post. She said that her account had been hacked and that the fake post was another attempt to hurt her reputation by the same people who had deleted many of her social media posts in the past.

She said that as soon as the fake press release was found on her handle, she ordered it to be taken down and asked security and intelligence agencies to investigate and find the people who did it.

“It has come to my attention that certain fake news was posted on my social media handle, Instagram, which also directly connects to my Facebook page, earlier this morning. I have since directed that it should be deleted.

“This is without a doubt the criminal actions of the person(s) who were responsible for deleting quite a number of my posts since 2018 to late last year when I posted a video and picture of my hands with the henna design of ABAT insignia on the day I launched the APC Women Presidential Campaign Committee for Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Ilorin, Kwara State, my post on the event for the Traditional and Complementary Alternative Medicine (TCAM) conference and 17 other posts.

“This person is a hacker, criminally minded, with the intention to continue attacking my reputation through my social media platforms.

“But I am assuring you that this is the first and last I am disclaiming fake news on my handle. It is the responsibility of the security agencies to find out who I am sharing my social media handles with, despite being verified accounts, and take all necessary actions,” the message read.


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