Controversy over Abike Dabiri’s tweet on abducted Kankara schoolboys

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), on Thursday, stirred controversy on social media following a tweet in which she claimed that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, have been rescued.

Gunmen had attacked the school on December 11, after which Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, had declared 333 students missing.

Seventeen of the students were said to have been found on December 14.

In a now-deleted tweet, Dabiri-Erewa claimed that the 333 students had been rescued, and praised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for ensuring the safe release of the schoolboys.

“Yaaay. The 333 boys captured in Katsina have been rescued. Allhamdullihah! @MBuhari administration has brought back our boys. #BringBackOurBoys.Our boys are back,” Dabiri-Erewa wrote.

Her tweet sparked outrage on Twitter as many Nigerians accused her of lying.

Meanwhile, a video by Boko Haram showed some of the abducted Kankara schoolboys crying for help.

Following the backlash, the NiDCOM chairman had claimed the screenshots were taken from fake twitter handles.

“Not my twitter handle. There may be fake ones out there,” she wrote in another now-deleted tweet.

Amidst the controversy, she later tweeted that the post on the rescue of the Kankara schoolboys should not be credited to her, adding that she lost control of her social media accounts “in the last couple of minutes”.

“Pls don’t credit any post on Katsina boys to my Twitter handle. I lost control of my handle in the last couple of minutes, along with my Instagram. I have recovered and changed my password,” she wrote.

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