Controversial SSA on Social media matters to President Jonathan, Reno Omokri has allegedly been fired as reported by SaharaReporters. His position has also been given to Obi Asika. This move by Mr president is seen as an apparent maneuver to re-energize his social media image following a growing slide in his electoral fortunes as well as a series of scandals involving Omokri.
Since Reno Omokri came into public office, he has continued to court controversy, the most recent being that he allegedly led policemen to burglarize a home in Warri Delta State. The occupants of the house, including Alex Oyoro, a well known PDP political figure in Delta State, alleged that Mr. Omokri had led a group of thugs and mobile police officers who broke into the property and stole N25 million in cash. The money, according to Mr. Oyoro, was meant for Mr. Jonathan’s re-election campaign.
Mr Omokri who doubles as a pastor was accused few weeks ago by a California-based woman, Deborah Campbell, who was once married to a relative of Mr. Omokri’s of stealing her son’s identity to engage in the circulation of fraudulent news that smeared Mr. Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano. Mr. Reno never denied the woman’s allegations. Reno allegedly circulated reports on the Internet that claimed to have found a link between former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Enterprising social media experts discovered that the reports implicating Mr. Sanusi as a sponsor of Boko Haram were first created on and disseminated from Mr. Omokri’s personal computer in Abuja.
A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that, in an attempt to present a more humane outlook as his electoral fortunes slip and his popularity plummets at home and abroad, Mr. Jonathan decided to push Mr. Omokri aside. Mr. Obi Asika, who has been elevated to serve as the new presidential strategist on social media, was described as one of the co-organizers of “Social Media Week” in Lagos. “Obi Asika is a serious personality who is also refined and self-controlled,” a source at the Presidency said.