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Backlash for Buhari’s aide Lauretta Onochie over tweet on lifestyle audit

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, is facing social media backlash over her tweet on lifestyle audit.

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Onochie tweeted on Monday that lifestyle audit is now legal in the country, stating that Nigerians could be called upon to explain how they acquired certain properties.

“Lifestyle Audit is now legal in Nigeria. Those who flaunt lifestyles they cannot afford can now be investigated by any of the graft agencies to produce evidence of the sources of their wealth,” she tweeted.

“You can now be called upon to explain how you acquired certain properties.”

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The tweet is, however, drawing criticism from some social media users on Twitter. Many people have criticized Onochie for her tweeting even though there is nothing to suggest she has anything to do with how the audit became legal in the country.

“Lauretta Onochie is so dumb that she is not thinking there will be life after this ill-fated tenure,” a Twitter user tweeted.

Another user on Twitter tweeted, “You really deserves a #GRAMMYs award for the dumbest woman in the world. You always drop dumb takes. Aunty, Lauretta Onochie! Maka why na?? At your age.”

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A Twitter user also posted an old image of Onochie with the caption “Lauretta Onochie who used to tie a scarf around her neck during protests back in the days, now lives in opulence. How much does she earn legally as a presidential aide?”

Until now, the two Nigerian Government anti-graft agencies are yet to issue any official statement about Onochie’s assertion.

But she credited the information she tweeted to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

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Although the policy was first suggested shortly after Buhari assumed office in 2015, it was promptly shut down by civil rights groups who warned that such policies would be susceptible to abuse during implementation.

The policy could also be implemented on the basis of a 2009 ruling of the Court of Appeal, which said that anti-graft officials can use a citizen’s luxury lifestyle as sufficient grounds for opening an investigation into how they acquired their wealth, to begin with.


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