The Presidency on Saturday disowned a Twitter handle said to belong to President Muhammadu Buhari.
A message posted on the handle justifying killings by herdsmen has been trending online.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement made available to journalists said those he described as evil doers and enemies of the country were the brains behind the message.
Adesina said the President stood by his earlier condemnation of the killings in parts of the country and his directive to security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators.
The statement read, “A message on a fake Twitter handle purportedly belonging to President Muhammadu Buhari is in circulation.
“The spurious message seeks to justify attacks by herdsmen, saying they were only defending themselves.
“Evil doers and enemies of our country are obviously at work, seeking ways to further advance their pernicious acts.
“The message is denounced in its entirety, and President Buhari stands by his earlier condemnation of the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as dastardly and unacceptable before God and man.
“Those behind the concocted message are also enemies of God and man, who have no place in a decent society.
“The President stands by his earlier directives that all those behind wanton killings in any part of the country must be brought to book.”