SWITZERLAND, JUNE 26 – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied reports that he said kidnappings in Nigeria are not new and are exaggerated.
The Vice President’s alleged statement while in New York has been garnering criticisms from Nigerians on social media
In a statement released by his media aide, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said he is being misquoted as he never said such a thing.
The statement reads:
“For the purpose of clarity, and the records it is pertinent to state that Professor Osinbajo was entirely misquoted and his words taken out of context in the said media reports especially those that quoted him as saying that “Kidnapping in Nigeria is exaggerated and not entirely new.”
“Nowhere in the Vice President’s remarks at the townhall meeting with the Nigerian community did he use the word “exaggerated,” not even by implication.
“His remarks about the social media being hysterical was a general response to comments made by participants at the meeting about information on happenings in Nigeria especially as they relate to security being shared on social media platforms by unverified sources.”