A storm of mixed reactions by Nigerians has greeted leaked audio of Rotimi Amaechi purportedly criticising President Muhammadu Buhari.
Concise News had reported earlier that the seven-second audio was posted on Twitter by Reno Omokri, a former media aide to Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s immediate past President.
In the clip which could not be authenticated by Concise News, Amaechi a minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers state, purportedly said Buhari neither reads nor listens to anyone and does not care.
Amaechi purportedly said, “The President is not listening to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write anything you want. The President doesn’t care. Does he read?”
Omokri, who is a staunch critic of the Buhari government, said he had evidence to show that the audio was genuine.
The former Presidential media aide threatened to release more audio clips in the event that Amaechi denies the authenticity of the clip.
Omokri wrote, “We have more of the secretly recorded audios of Chibuike Amaechi, DG of the Muhammadu Buhari campaign, saying terrible things about Buhari’s government. I hear Amaechi wants to lie that he was referring to Goodluck Jonathan.
“Let him do that and I will release part two which clearly shows he referred to Buhari.”
Moments after the news broke, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to air their opinions on the leaked audio.
Concise News captured some of the reactions below…
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: "The President does not care, doesn't listen, does he read?" ~ Alleged Voice Recording of a frustrated Rotimi Amaechi.
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) January 5, 2019
Leaked Audio: FRUSTRATED CAMPAIGN DG AMAECHI CRIES OUT: “THE PRESIDENT IS NOT LISTENING TO ANYONE. HE DOESN’T CARE. YOU CAN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT YO WRITE. THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T CARE. DOES HE READ?” https://t.co/174cXL37wp
— Sola Atikulated Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) January 5, 2019
Rotimi Amaechi, who voiced his frustration off record while speaking to journalists recently, unknown to him that he was being recorded, bemoaned the President's attitude towards public outcry on his poor performanceIn the leaked audio, Amaechi who sounded angrysaid t pic.twitter.com/VaobkREbHs
— taiwo tofunmison (@taiwotosin51) January 5, 2019
Look at Reno and his Wendell Simlin crew sharing an audio that was most likely recorded years ago, at the height of the fight between Amaechi and GEJ, and trying to pass it off as Amaechi dissing Buhari.
Reno hasn’t changed one bit. This is how he warned his ‘Simlin’ name
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) January 5, 2019
Audio from 2014 or so. At the height of Amaechi’s fight with GEJ.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) January 5, 2019
THEY DON'T EVEN REGARD BUHARI
Amaechi criticises Buhari in leaked audiohttps://t.co/XCLOunJpSg
— The Jonathanian (NOT A CLONE) (@The_Jonathanian) January 5, 2019
They have started attacking Amaechi with a clone voice that d President will not listen to you. He does not care. Conclusion: fake voice , fake audio and video
— Woye (@woye1) January 5, 2019
I still believe this Amaechi audio is either fake or old. This campaign isn’t even as hot as it was in 2014/2015. #NextLevel
— Billarge (@Chyka_Innocente) January 5, 2019
— BaTeeAtus (@baTeeatus) January 5, 2019
Mumu talk. Only a fool will listen to this few seconds audio tape recorded without the beginning and end then pass judgement? Question: Which President was Amaechi referring to since he has worked under previous presidents ? This one was in 2014 under Jonathan.
— Demi Khay🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@Lboogie_K) January 5, 2019
This is disingenuous. From the audio clip, it's apparent that Amaechi was defending/backing the President. The person he's backing couldn't have been GEJ considering their relationship before the 2015 elections. https://t.co/2XWi8iXmUg
— Salubi E. J. (@salsbee67) January 5, 2019
The President is not listening to anybody, you can write anything you want to write, he doesn't care. Does he read? -Rotimi Amaechi chastising President Muhammadu Buhari in an Audio leak made available to the press by Reno Omokri
— Bola Agboola (@bbdelacruz001) January 5, 2019
I don't know any sane person who has lived under the Buhari's administration for the past four years who has anything good to say about the man and his government.
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) January 5, 2019
Amaechi's audio goes to tell that even those supporting Buhari are suffering,Yes they're suffering too but "ego" and "political righteousness" won't make them admit the truth.
They yell "sai baba" with excruciating pain.
They're suffering,a lot of them are.@segalink@henryshield
— Aniefiok Etim (@aniefioketimMyk) January 5, 2019
Amaechi just exposed Buhari, I'm sure he'll claim he was talking about GEJ and not Buhari….But in the audio, he said the president not past or former president and we all know that is @MBuhari #BetterWithAtiku #BetterNigeria #GNWA pic.twitter.com/9yc5L3HsZq
— PHOTOGRAPHER 🇳🇬 (@omotayo_feibo) January 5, 2019
Keep spreading fake audio about Amaechi, the voters, the ones in the village don't even have smart phones to read your rubbish.
— Onyebuchi (@onyebuchind) January 5, 2019
There have been rumours of Tinubu's discontent with Buhari.
And now a supposed Audio of Amaechi is out.
If these people aren't happy with the government in private and yet continue to preach a 2nd term in public, what does it say about them?
— No one (@ilynem) January 5, 2019
You always claim high intellect, but you're just a dumb fraudulent fella.
The audio you're sharing was cut out from an audio of Amaechi's rants at the height of his running battle with GEJ.
So keep deceiving your yahoo yahoo errand boys that bring u returns.
— Stephen Ikechukwu🇳🇬 (@StephenIkechuk4) January 5, 2019
@renoomokri aka Wendell Simlin should stop issuing twitter threats with his doctored audio of Amaechi talking about @MBuhari. Go ahead and release the imaginary full recording. pic.twitter.com/PsT6gRVax4
— iyke (@iykemadus) January 5, 2019
— Amaka Ekwo (@Amaka_Ekwo) January 5, 2019
Shameless Pastor Wendell Simlin, Reno Omokri is out with another doctored voice of Hon. Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in a badly doctored audio, Amaechi's conversations from different audios were cropped and merged to make a 6 seconds… https://t.co/3VoZtcyvqA
— Abiodun A A (@harbeylyn) January 5, 2019
Lol so that useless Reno O'mockery has started with his lies again. Now it's that Amaechi is against PMB and released an audio for 2014 in 2019. Awon olote oshi. Anyway @toluogunlesi Said its one lie per week but they're outdoing themselves at this rate.
— Amy-not winehouse (@AmandaBrynes1) January 5, 2019
Mumu talk @renoomokri.Only a fool will listen to a 6seconds audio of Rotimi Amaechi and pass judgement. Bring on issue based campaign rather than defamation. This Nigeria political drama is a continuous show of shame.
— Abdullahi Jimoh (@iamabduljimoh) January 5, 2019
@mbuhari's spokesman tells us that his favorite part of a newspaper is the cartoon section. Should we then be surprised by the state of the economy?
Amaechi who sounded angry said the President doesn't listen to anybody anymore and "he doesn't care". Just listen to this Audio… pic.twitter.com/1JDTBCmSHC
— Logic-NG (@LogicNigeria) January 5, 2019
But you guys should play opposition politics with sense now.
You went to bring an old audio of Amaechi to discredit Buhari.. this is neither smart nor fair game.
— Oloye TOLU Osaretin (@tholu_osa2) January 5, 2019
For those of you APC e-rats who are trying to pin the Amaechi audio on Jonathan…let me tell you straight:
You can accuse Jonathan of anything you want, but you can never say he doesn't read, clearly Amaechi wasn't referring to Jonathan.
He was referring to Mr no certificate.
— Lordbishop (@realDewoye) January 5, 2019
Why are you all surprised about Rotimi Amaechi released audio.
We know the president can’t read! Can he even use a computer??
This is 21st century – say no to a lifeless government 😂
— Nigeria (@9jaRight) January 5, 2019
bemoaned the President's attitude towards public outcry on his poor performance. In the leaked audio, Amaechi who sounded angry said the President doesn't listen to anybody anymore and "he doesn't care" since he doesn't care, he should go. #BuhariMustGo
— Shedy® (@ShedrackSaidu) January 5, 2019
PDP is waiting for Amaechi or APC debunk the state and say it's for to GEJ then you will hear the full audio bro just chill
— Hey!!! im Alex (@alex_superior) January 5, 2019
If you like record one million of Amaechi's audio.
Buhari doesn't listen to anybody or read Twitter feeds.
He only read "The Nation" news daily that's all.
— Frizzle-16 (@Superlative89) January 5, 2019
Only a fool will listen to this few seconds audio tape recorded without the beginning and end then pass judgement? Question: Which President was Amaechi referring to since he has worked under previous presidents ? This one was in 2014 under Jonathan.
— Demi Khay🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@Lboogie_K) January 5, 2019
Regarding this audio by Rotimi Amaechi which clearly says that the president doesn't listen and he doesn't care. Why have a president who doesn't care about the pains of his people.
This is why #BuhariMustGo
And we vote for a #BetterNigeria with #BetterWithAtiku and #GNWA pic.twitter.com/fbkWO7LExj
— Thelma (@humbletee44) January 5, 2019
We need to know where the audio comes from. The voice is definitely that of Amaechi, however we need to know, when was that said, GEJ era or this current administration? What interview was that? When? Who leaked the audio? And who cursed us in this country?
— Rose Rozay Akai (@rozirozay) January 5, 2019
Why I'm I the only one who doesn't believe the alleged audio release was from Amaechi referring to Buhari?
— DANYPHOENIX (@danyphonia) January 5, 2019
Apparently, they said the leaked audio of Amaechi was cut out from his rants at the height of his running battle with GEJ.
According to the President's supporters, the minister was saying that GEJ does not read and listen to anyone. Twist of narration.
— iamOdino (@TweetNaijaBlog) January 5, 2019
Segalink you are well respected fella, for clarity of doubt on which of the president amaechi is or was referring to kindly provide the full audio or video, so we should be enlighten with truth not falsehood. Don't loose your reputation for such cheap blackmail thanks
— momoh hans (@Hansmomoh) January 5, 2019
Midget. that's why even your audio is too short to justify what Rotimi Amaechi is saying. Everything about you is short I pray your life will never be short the way you are.
— Zarma Omar 🇳🇬 (@ZaxmaOmar) January 5, 2019
That audio of Amaechi saying the president don’t read
Mehn the thing the dodo never done
Why is the audio so short,make them leak the whole convo now
Also the Pres. he said he could have been referring to Gej
Don’t just jump on anything you see here
Anyway none of my biz
— Bosses Dont Sleep (@fk149) January 5, 2019
There is no question about D authencity of D voice in D audio. D voice truly belongs 2 Rotimi Amaechi, what should B questioned, is D motivation Ameachi and other Buharists still hav 2 campaign 4 a man they themselves has tagged a failure. #BuhariMustGo #BetterWithAtiku Vote PDP https://t.co/zDp1nmZaJ9
— Dada Temitope Robert (@Revtope) January 5, 2019
Amaechi is the Director-General of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation for the 2019 general elections.