Social media platform, Twitter, has unverified and deactivated the account of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo four years after it was created. The deactivation occurred in the early hours of today.
Nairametrics observed that his over 2000 tweets were also deleted. The deactivated account was followed by 2.13 million individuals, making the Vice President one of the most followed Nigerian personality. President Muhammadu Buhari has 2.19 million followers on Twitter.
Yemi Osinbajo rose to prominence after he emerged as the running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari, who won the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria after defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. Before the 2015 polls, Osinbajo served as the Attorney General and commisioner of justice under the administration of Bola Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos State.
The grey area: The only tweet left on the Twitter account after it was deactivated was the tweet promoting N-Power, an empowerment scheme of the Buhari-led administration and headed by Osinbajo. The reason behind the deletion of the other relevant tweets remains unclear and has raised reactions from many twitter users.
At the N-Power Creative Industry Week, Utricle Studios showed the beneficiaries an ongoing project titled "Gammy and the Living Things. This project features Nigerian award winning rapper, M.I, Pete Edochie, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Bovi and Segun Arinze. pic.twitter.com/eh41jDIsZP
— N-Power (@npower_ng) August 3, 2019
Reason for deactivation: The action taken by Twitter was allegedly prompted by a demand from the office of the Vice President. Senior Special Assistant for Media & Publicity to the vice president, Laolu Akande explained in a tweet that some individual(s) had tried to hack into the account yesterday, August 10, 2019.
He tweeted that the office proceeded to inform Twitter, and that must have prompted the deactivation. No damage was, however, done to the Vice President’s personality as the pending harm was nipped in the bud.
“Yesterday, there were failed external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vice President’s Twitter Account. Since, we have been in contact with Twitter, securing the account, and forestalling a reoccurrence. The VP will continue to actively communicate with our citizens,” Laolu Akande tweeted through his personal handle: @akandeoj.
Yesterday, there were failed external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vice President’s Twitter Account. Since, we have been in contact with Twitter, securing the account, and forestalling a reoccurrence. The VP will continue to actively communicate with our citizens.
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) August 10, 2019
Reason not genuine? Several reactions trailed Akande’s tweet, with some stating that the reason given in defence of the deactivation is far from the truth, while other Twitter users blamed the hack attempt on the opposition parties.
Responding to Akande’s tweet, Dunu ‘@dunua‘ Anselem tweeted, “Pathetic lie. Tell this to the marines. Twitter punished him for election rigging and vote-buying. But you know what, you ain’t getting Bayelsa”
Pathetic lie. Tell this to the marines. Twitter punished him for election rigging and vote buying.
But you what, you ain't getting Bayelsa 🕺
— Dunu Anselem (@dunua) August 10, 2019
Another Twitter user, Oladele ‘@perogunner’ Motayo tweeted, “Prof. Should be mindful ooo, there is nothing the server party can’t do. If they can bring one nonentity IT guy from Kenya to defend INEC server, they can pay anybody to hack VP’s account.”
Prof. Should be mindful ooo, there is nothing the server party can't do, if they can bring one nonentity IT guy from Kenya to defend INEC server. They can pay anybody to hack VP's account
— Ekitikan (@EkitiKetekan) August 10, 2019
Below are the other reactions.
Dear Mr. Akande, I do not think that a "failed external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vice President’s Twitter Account," cannot lead to Twitter removing its verification badge on the VP's handle.
I invite those in the know of how Twitter operates to elucidate.
— Sir Ariyo-Dare Atoye (@AriyoAristotle) August 10, 2019
We said it! They should crawl back to their holes! Truth will always prevail!
— Olufunke Lawson (@bravefacefunkie) August 10, 2019
Calm down, they're starting few weeks to the governorship election.
— 'MIDE (@IbukunAyomide8) August 10, 2019
Dubai strategy with their Russian hacker woefully failed pic.twitter.com/XrNTua9pWo
— Covid Mama 😷 (@ngoamazing2009) August 10, 2019
So you believe this….lol
— Legendary Hustler (@thobbyvincent) August 10, 2019
The Dubai strategy failed ,INEC saver manipulation failed, now they are planning to hack VP Osinbajo account again ,you don miss road
— francis oke (@Doctorfrank2) August 10, 2019
😂😂😂😂😂Twitter unverified tradermoni account…. Buharists cook up stories to justify it… Osinbajo is a corrupt man.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂Shameless pic.twitter.com/RKLnWVRpO0
— Grace John❤ (@onyiforlife) August 10, 2019
Am not surprise tho,when you are great you are great,no amount of plan can prevail over @ProfOsinbajo,thank you for this wonderful info,although personally I know they already know he is next in line for 2023 presidency,so he is their target but they have failed.
— Major Generess Ogundele Teju,Ph.d (@OgundeleTeju) August 10, 2019
Insecurity: FG to implement town hall meetings to reach a national consensus
The meetings are set to address the twin issues of insecurity and its concomitant effect on national unity and cohesion.
The Federal Government announced the launch of town hall meetings to address the twin issues of insecurity and its concomitant effect on national unity and cohesion.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at the Town Hall Meeting in Kaduna on Thursday, themed “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria.”
What the Minister is saying
“The correct starting point towards addressing these myriads of problems is the building of an “elite consensus” on the security, unity, indissolubility, and peaceful existence of Nigeria.
“Such elite consensus had worked in the past. Can we make it work now and proffer solutions in order to stave off the threats to our unity as a nation?” he said.
The Minister disclosed that the meetings are necessary to bring all critical stakeholders together to deliberate on the issues and possibly reach a consensus on the way forward.
“We expect this Town Hall meeting to develop concrete, implementable resolutions because a lot of talks and postulations had taken place with little or no requisite outcome.”
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- Senator Ali Ndume insisted that the Federal Government needs to increase its total military spending to be able to tackle the rising insecurity in Nigeria which has seen a number of school students in 2021 kidnapped by bandits.
IMF lifts 2021 global GDP growth to 6%
The group also warned that economic recoveries are diverging dangerously across and within countries.
The International Monetary Fund has lifted its global growth outlook to 6% in 2021 (0.5% point upgrade) and 4.4% in 2022 (0.2 percentage point upgrade), after an estimated historic contraction of -3.3% in 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This disclosure was made on the organisation’s website on Tuesday.
The group also warned that economic recoveries are diverging dangerously across and within countries, as economies with slower vaccine rollout, more limited policy support, and more reliance on tourism do less well.
What the IMF is saying
“The upgrades in global growth for 2021 and 2022 are mainly due to upgrades for advanced economies, particularly to a sizeable upgrade for the United States (1.3 percentage points) that is expected to grow at 6.4 percent this year.
This makes the United States the only large economy projected to surpass the level of GDP it was forecast to have in 2022 in the absence of this pandemic.
China is projected to grow this year at 8.4 percent. While China’s economy had already returned to pre-pandemic GDP in 2020, many other countries are not expected to do so until 2023.”
On divergent recoveries
The IMF stated that divergent recovery paths are likely to create wider gaps in living standards across countries compared to pre-pandemic expectations.
“The average annual loss in per capita GDP over 2020–24, relative to pre-pandemic forecasts, is projected to be 5.7 percent in low-income countries and 4.7 percent in emerging markets, while in advanced economies the losses are expected to be smaller at 2.3 percent,” they said.
“Faster progress with vaccinations can uplift the forecast, while a more prolonged pandemic with virus variants that evade vaccines can lead to a sharp downgrade. Multispeed recoveries could pose financial risks if interest rates in the United States rise further in unexpected ways.“
For Africa, IMF forecasts economic growth of 3.4% in 2021 and 4% by 2022, Nigeria is expected to grow by 2.5% in 2021 and 2.3% by 2022, while South Africa is projected to hit growths of 3.1% and 2.0% for the respective years in focus.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified some factors that hamper the economic recovery of low-income countries from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, factors including access to vaccines, limited policy space to respond to the crisis, the lack of means for extra spending, pre-existing vulnerabilities such as high levels of public debt in many low-income countries and sometimes weak, negative, total factor productivity performance in some low-income countries. These factors continue to act as a drag on growth.
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