Censured by angry Nigerians and criticized by the country’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for her comments on recession, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has denied tweeting that “recession is just a word”.
The denial came via a statement issued by her Special Assistant (Media), Festus Akanbi on Thursday.
The statement said the words could not have been tweeted by the minister as she does not have an Twitter account:
“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to a fake Twitter handle in her name saying that ‘recession is just a word.’
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Honourable Minister does not own a Twitter account. The Twitter handle currently trending, and any other twitter handle presently in existence is not, and cannot be that of the Honourable Minister, as a twitter account has not yet been set up for her. It is obviously fake and does not represent the views and opinions of the Honourable Minister.
“Also at no time did the Honourable Minister, who addressed the media immediately after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, make such a statement.
The statement said the minister has consistently demonstrated empathy for the plight of Nigerians hard hit by dwindling oil prices and the impact on the economy.