By Ayomide Oriade
Reports from across various media suggests that while the nation was reeling in grief over the brutal and senseless murder of innocent children by the devil-inspired Boko Haram insurgents, the Special Assistant to the President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokiri thought it wise to deflect attention from his boss by creating a scandalous link between the suspended governor of the Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the recent upsurge in Boko Haram activity using an inelegant pseudonym: Wendell Simlin. In his desperation however he forgot ( or did not know that he left vital clues to his authorship of the libelous article as it has since been traced to his computer, according to an online media outfit, Premiun Times.
According to a report in the Leadership Newspaper, “Omokri is believed to have used a pseudonym, Wendell Simlin, to circulate an article that tried to link the recent spike in Boko Haram attack to the suspension of the CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi.”
Further Excerpts from the Leadership went thus: The article tried to use a purported historical framework to draw contextual relationship between the suspended CBN governor and Boko Haram attacks.
“Given the quantum of funds that were appropriated by the Sanusi-led CBN on non-banking-related activities and donations, and the strong desire that he and Umaru Abdul Mutallab have for proselytising Islam as well as their circumstantial links to terror (Sanusi via Gideon Akaluka and Mutallab via his son), it is not such a leap for them to facilitate the activities of terrorists,” the article read in part.
The article was circulated to bloggers and journalists on Wednesday with the third party email address, but an analysis of the document’s metadata revealed that Reno Omokri had authored it.
The document’s digital signature, according to Premium Times, shared a 100 per cent resemblance with others that Premium Times had received from Mr. Omokri in the past.
The document was created by Mr. Omokri or someone else who used his Hewlett Packard computer at 10:01 on Wednesday. Sixteen minutes after it was created, the document was printed and revised once before it was sent out at 11:54 using the Wendell Simlin’s email address, the report said.
The email was sent out using the Nigerian government’s official internet service provider, Galaxy Backbone, from Abuja, Feyi Fawehimi who first investigated the mail told Premium Times.
The revelation of the potential scandal angered Nigerians on social media with many calling for his sack, the report said.
Omokri has the reputation of being government’s online marksman, believed to be the president’s coordinator of internet trols, and leads the government’s social media onslaught on opposition parties and critics of the administration.
POSER: Does a man with alleged tendencies like Reno Omokiri remain in Nigeria’s Presidency?