The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, does not have any twitter account, her spokesperson, Mr Festus Akanbi, has said in a statement in Abuja, according to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report.
On Thursday, a post appeared on the Twitter account believed to be that of the Finance Minister, saying “Recession is just a word”. This tweet drew the ire of most Nigerians but now it is being denied that the Twitter account belongs to her.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the minister does not own a twitter account”, her spokesperson said.
“The twitter handle currently trending and any other twitter handle presently in existence, is not, and cannot be that of the minister. A twitter account has not yet been set up for her.
“It is obviously fake and does not represent the views and opinions of the minister,’’ Akande said.
He also said that Adeosun did not make such a statement.
According to Akanbi, the minister addressed the media immediately after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting and did not make such a statement.
He said that the minister had consistently demonstrated empathy for the plight of Nigerians hard hit by dwindling oil prices and the impact on the economy.
“This administration is known for integrity and has never hidden the true situation of things from Nigerians, rather it has looked for ways to alleviate the hardships through social intervention programmes.
“We, therefore, enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard these spurious allegations against the minister of Finance.
“We remain committed to reflating and resetting the economy on a path towards sustainable growth,” Akanbi said.