Politicians using my name to add credence to their viewpoints – Okonjo-Iweala warns
A former Nigeria Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has warned that Nigeria politicians are using his name to formulate quotes.
She disclosed this in a statement issued through her adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu in Abuja on Sunday.
Okonjo-Iweala said politicians use her name to give credence to particular viewpoints, adding that it has continued despite several warnings.
Nwabuikwu said, “In spite of several rebuttals and clarifications that we have issued over the past months, some groups and individuals are still misusing the name of former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to further partisan political objectives.
“We would like to alert Nigerians that this unfortunate practice has increased significantly in this political season.
“This misuse of the minister’s name comes in many forms. There are fake newspaper articles published under her name. Fake quotations canvassing certain views which are falsely attributed to her. Even fake audios in which someone pretends to be the former finance minister have been going round. Most of these are typically disseminated on WhatsApp and other forms of social media.”
He added, “In one recent example, a video of the minister was cleverly edited, leaving out crucial information and context to give a totally false impression.
“These shenanigans are designed to give the impression that she supports one particular political interest or position or the other.
“We urge Nigerians to ignore these mischievous antics by political peddlers of fiction.”
Nwabuikwu added that Okonjo-Iweala was capable of speaking for herself if and when she wants to and does not need the help of anyone to do that.