A group calling itself Buhari For Better Tomorrow Movement has entreated the teeming supporters of President Buhari to ignore the fake audio of Rotimi Amaechi, since it was the handiwork of his political enemies within and outside the party.

According to the group, the faked audio clip is part of the Dubai agenda to cripple the rising profile of Mr. Amaechi.

In a press release signed by Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar National Publicity Secretary, Buhari For Better Tomorrow Movement and copied to News Ghana, the group asked President Buhari not to pay any attention to the trending news because it’s the handiwork of his political enemies within and outside the party.

Below is the full statement.

Our attention has been drawn to the manufactured audio clip attributed to the Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council by some political opponents of the Minister within and outside the party wrongfully quoting him criticizing the Buhari Administration.

There is no doubt that we live in the era of fake news media powered by new technologies that enables the fake news industry to prototype the voice of anyone who poses threat to their political survival.

For instance, a Montreal-based startup called Lyrebird last year released a product which allows users to create an audio clip of anyone saying anything. Here’s the company using a fake clip of former President Barack Obama to market their technology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxviTLVjvDQ

However, the intention of the company was not to use it to scandalize anybody, but to simply use it to re-create the voice of anyone who lost his or her voice to diseases among other things.

The new technology for creating faked audio evolved quickly in the era of active information campaigns and their use of “fake news.” The technology which has gone viral has created serious repercussions for politics as influence-mongers are now using it to create fake clips of politicians perceived as enemy.

We however have it in good authority that more personalities in the Buhari campaign team are been targeted with both audio and video clips in the coming days.

No doubt, the faked audio clip is part of the Dubai agenda to cripple the rising profile of Mr. Amaechi.

Is it not curious that a day after Atiku returned from Dubai, his media machinery released the cloned audio clip to the media?

Therefore, while we urge the teeming supporters of Mr. President to ignore the fake audio of Rotimi Amaechi, we ask President Buhari not to pay any attention to the trending news because it’s the handiwork of his political enemies within and outside the party.

Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar
National Publicity Secretary,
Buhari For Better Tomorrow Movement.

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