Mallam Umar Sani, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity has not only denied his alleged secret marriage to Nollywood actress, Nkiru Sylvanus, but has also denied media reports that he bought her a house and chain of cars.
Sani made this clarifications in a statement signed by him today in Abuja.
According to him: “I read with dismay a report involving one actress, Nkiru Sylvanus and myself. The story catalogued my supposed relationship with the actress and that I bought her a house in Abuja and chain of cars, and also instrumental to her being appointed as SSA Lagos Liaison officer, when it was evident that she was not from Imo State but Abia.
“While I hasten not to deny that Nkiru Sylvanus is my friend, I want to clearly state that I have never bought her a house and neither have I ever bought her a car. These, obviously, are the figments of the imagination of the reporter who chose to file his report without a by-line.
“Let me state that I did not, and have never approached Rochas Okorocha either personally or by proxy to help in engaging the said Nkiru Sylvanus, as she’s no stranger to the governor whom she has worked for his success at the polls.
“We are aware of a conspiracy by entertainment journalists, especially of Imo extraction that are against her appointment to always pursue in line that will lead to her disengagement in the service of the state they claim was not hers. It should also be stressed that a governor has the right to select whoever he wishes to work with provided the person will help him achieve his objectives of service delivery to his state
“Half truths and outright lies to juxtapose fiction upon twisted facts will only help in confusing people the more rather than serve the purpose for which it was intended which is to slander the couple”, the statement concludes.
Mallam Umar Sani