President Ebele Jonathan Removed Reno Omokri and Replaces Him With Obi Asika

February 17, 2015 11:34 pm

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has kicked out his controversial
social media point man, and has replaced him with
who takes over as the new senior special assistant on social media.

to SaharaReporters, Mr. Jonathan move 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 Reno.
Until now, Reno Omokri ran the office, heading the President’s campaign
social media team.
A source at the Presidency revealed that Mr.
Omokri, who returned from California to boost President Jonathan’s
political campaigns in 2011, had become a huge liability and source of
distraction. Mr. Omokri, who also doubles as a pastor, came to be known
as “Wendell Simlin” after tech-savvy Nigerian social media activists
caught him red-handed as he 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. The claims
were discovered to be fraudulent and false.

Last week, Mr. Omokri
was accused of leading policemen to burglarize a house in Warri, Delta
State that belonged to his late mother. 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

Mr. Omokri denied being physically present at the scene
of the burglary, claiming he was at his desk in Abuja and also doing
some pastoral work at the time of the reported burglary.

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