Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Borno State, have been accused of launching a “devilish campaign” against former Governor Kashim Shettima.
Shettima currently represents Borno Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
The President, Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance in Nigeria (COCMEGG), Comrade Kenneth Aigbegbele, raised the alarm in a statement on Thursday
He said those behind the campaign of calumny were still aggrieved with the outcome of the 2019 governorship election in Borno and have regrouped ahead of 2023.
Aigbegbele revealed that they planted it on social media, a claim that the former governor boasted of being worth $900m after a Wikipedia page was fabricated to back the narrative.
“This outrageous claim means Shettima is worth more than the combination of federal allocation and internally generated revenue his government received in the eight years he was Governor of Borno”, he said.
“The fact is that anyone who checks Kashim Shettima on Wikipedia will not see anything relating to the allegation. Only individuals insane would stoop so low to the extent of creating a spurious page. Politics should never get to this level.
“Since December 2019, seven chieftains of the APC in Borno State, five of whom are former public office holders and two of them in public service, have been making frantic efforts to smear the image of the Senator.
“These stalwarts have been shopping for civil societies they can recruit into their evil mission. Already, they have attack dogs with the singular objective of leading vicious campaigns against Shettima and the current administration in Borno State.”
Aigbegbele appealed to the media, the civil society and Nigerians to be wary of information and photos being put out by desperate and unscrupulous people in order not to fall victim to fake news.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, COCMEGG advised Nigerians to observe social distancing and other preventive measures.
Prayed to God to heal the world and help scientists find a cure in the shortest possible time, the coalition thanked health workers on the frontline for their service.
COCMEGG further praised federal and state governments as well as relevant agencies for their efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.