FAKE NEWS! US Embassy Denies Negative Comment On Atiku
The Embassy of the United States in Nigeria has denied a tweet credited to U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, where he reportedly gave negative comment about the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in the presidential election coming up on Saturday, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The Embassy, in its official Twitter account on Thursday in Abuja, said such statement should be regarded as fake news.
The tweet, which the embassy classified as fake news reads:
“I personally refused to meet him or have anything to do with him (Atiku).
“I am really surprised that an individual indicted by the United States of America of huge corruption is being considered for Nigerian president…U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo”
Reacting to the tweet, the Embassy said such statement in either Facebook or received via WhatsApp should be regarded as fake.
“#FakeNews Alert! The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has become aware of material making the rounds online purporting to be from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We want to state unequivocally that the post is fake. If you have seen such manufactured item on Facebook, or received it via WhatsApp, please communicate that it is false.
— U.S. Mission Nigeria (@USEmbassyAbuja) February 21, 2019