Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has distanced himself from an account on Indian microblogging application, Koo, and urged Nigerians not to consider any information posted on the account as his view on any issue.
Atiku added that all his social media handles, which he had been running over the years including that opened on American microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, were verified before its operations were banned across the country,
The ex-vice president declared that the current account on the platform was fake and that any information posted on it does not represent his view on any issue as been peddled by the handlers of the account.
Distancing himself from the application, Atiku, in a statement on Saturday signed by his media aide, Paul Ibe, called on the general public to disregard the Koo account been branded in his name, describing it as ‘fake’.
The statement reads: “We are compelled to make this alert because information and details on the fake Koo accounts have been lifted from other social media platforms where Atiku Abubakar holds verified handles. And this may cause unsuspecting members of the public to be misled into wrongly mistaking postings on these fake accounts as being authoritatively that of the Waziri of Adamawa.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar is not on the Koo social media platform, and the public should discountenance these fake handles. All Atiku Abubakar’s social media handles are verified and have been running for a couple of years.
“We, therefore, urge the public not to be misled by the antics of criminal elements who impersonate by creating fake social media handles, especially as it relates to Atiku Abubakar”, it added.