Shamsuddeen Usman denies making comment on Buhari’s victory, asks police to investigate report




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ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former Finance and National Planning Minister, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, has disowned a story which was entitled ‘Yoruba People Contributed
Nothing to Buhari’s Victory’ which was attributed to him by a few days ago by some online news sites.

The story, quoting a statement purportedly issued by Dr Usman in a media account, alleged that the former Minister had claimed that the Yorubas contributed marginally to the victory of the
-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari during the last .

However, Dr Usman has repudiated the statement, saying that at no time did he issue such a statement nor open the fake social media account attributed to him.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Mustapha Gwarzo, the minister stated that he has reported the matter to relevant security
agencies.

Below is the full text of the statement:
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“Our attention has been drawn to an online story entitled ‘Yoruba People Contributed Nothing to Buhari’s Victory’ which was presented as
having been adapted a statement purportedly issued by former Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsuddeeen Usman,CON.

As his aides, we had initially doubted the information upon first alert, but were eventually prompted to check online for confirmation,
following relentless apprehension from of Dr Usman and other well meaning who have been calling to express their outrage.
We discovered, to our chagrin, that the malicious publication was actually posted on the internet by a couple of shadowy online news sites.

Clearly, they had done this out of mischief as was evident in the shameless confession of one of the sources that goes by the name SayelbaTimes which still went ahead to publish the information, even
after admitting languidly, that “SayelbaTimes is yet to confirm the veracity of the claim though.”

It is quite telling that both the print and electronic media as well as the mainstream online news sources which are very conversant with Dr Usman’s personality had deliberately ignored the information, knowing that it couldn’t be anything else other a contrivance of the wicked.

Anybody who has followed the exemplary career and accomplishments of this cognate technocrat, especially his unblemished record in public
service, will attest to the fact that Dr Usman neither speaks the language of abuse nor engages in trite talks.

We wish therefore to categorically that Dr Usman knows nothing about this invidious and treacherous statement that has been
attributed to him through a fake social media account.

While we urge the general public to disregard such irrational claims, we are also inclined to warn the originators of the fake report to desist from such actions. This is because it is pure evil, criminal,
cowardly and designed to ultimately consume the perpetrators.

It is a natural that no crime will go unpunished, and it is only a matter of time before the perpetrators of this heinous fabrication will be exposed. To ensure that this is done, our
principal has put the security agencies and his lawyers on notice, and we have no doubt that they will diligently do their job.”

(Signed)

Mustapha Hassan Gwarzo

Special Adviser to Dr Usman‎
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