Buhari media organization warns Nigerians against fake news, Trump’s best catch phrase

949FollowersFollow

Although we are headquartered in Washington D.C. USA, our reporters and editors are working around the globe to cover what you care about. We invite you to donate to our fundraiser to help us keep our quality news free and available to all.  


Since President Donald Trump made his catch phrase a universal currency for leaders, rulers and autocrats around the world, the best way to dismiss any story in the media these days is to label it as “fake news”.

Around the world, many leaders are using the same phrase to discredit reports in the media. And Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is no exception. 

On Friday, the Buhari Media Organization dismissed a report suggesting that 75 percent of Nigerians who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 had no Permanent Voters Cards as required by the electoral body.

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

The group described the report as fake news, and said it was skewed and lacking in credibility.

It urged Nigerians to regard it as “yet another in a series of misinformation couched as well-researched reports by pseudo-intellectual groups linked to the Peoples Democratic Party”. 

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that it is a misrepresentation of facts aimed at giving a false impression of the President’s support base, especially in Northern Nigeria.

“It is interesting to note that the report by the faceless group was released at a time PDP elements were selling the false impression that President Buhari does not want the smartcard readers used in 2019. 

“Here’s a man that was previously denied victory until technology- in form of PVCs and smartcard readers- were introduced to reduce the possibility of manipulation of the electoral process”, it said. 

The group said it was shocked that “the purveyors of the damaging report attributed it to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission shows the extent they can go to attach credibility to their evil mission”. 

“If indeed there was any data from INEC that shows that about 13 million Nigerians were allowed to vote in 2015 without PVC, how is it possible for anyone to determine who an individual cast his ballot for when it was not an open ballot system? 

“So on what basis would anyone conclude that 75 percent of voters without PVCs were Buhari’s supporters in a region that gave the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan surprisingly far more votes than he got in Southern Nigeria”. 

On another note, BMO says it finds it worrisome that INEC did not deem it fit to issue a statement dissociating itself from the report as soon as it was issued before it went viral. 

The group then urged INEC, as well as other Federal Government agencies, to be fast in countering disinformation, misinformation and false narratives that are capable of eroding their credibility.  

[/read_more]

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

Damning report finds detainees in Iran were sexually abused and given electric shocks in gruesome post-protest crackdown

Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of...

Joe Biden wins last presidential debate against Donald Trump

Joe Biden was surprisingly aggressive, it was perhaps the best debate he has had in 2020.Republicans...

Nigerians in USA to hold ‘mother of all protests’ against police brutality and bad governance in their home country

Nigerians in the United States would hold the 'mother of all protests' on Saturday against police brutality and bad governance in...

Nearly 60 million Americans have already voted representing 43% of total votes counted in 2016

At least 59.3 million Americans have already voted, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project, putting the 2020 elections on track to...

What the Joseph Robinette Biden presidency would mean for Africa – Perspectives by Simon Ateba

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., the 47th vice president of the United States in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017, is...

Nigerians in USA hold protest against bad governance and police brutality in their home country

Nigerians in the United States on Saturday held a protest against bad governance and police brutality in their home country, shed...

Finally, Nigerian President confirms killing of peaceful protesters

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday confirmed the killing of peaceful protesters in the country last week by security forces.

Amnesty International outraged over Ethiopia’s decision to ban protests against ethnically motivated killings

Ethiopian authorities have banned peaceful protests against ethnically motivated killings which were due to take place on October 28, in direct...

Ramaphosa unveils statue of former ANC president and anti-apartheid activist OR Tambo

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday unveiled a 29.6-foot-tall statue of former ANC president and anti-apartheid activist Oliver Reginald Tambo, and delivered...

64.7 million Americans have already voted, representing nearly 47 percent of all votes counted in 2016

At least 64.7 million Americans have already voted, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project, putting the 2020 elections on track to...

Six years after, South Africa police arrest suspects over murder of former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday congratulated the South African Police Service for the breakthrough in the investigation and arrests following the...

Amnesty International outraged over killing of eight schoolchildren in Cameroon

Amnesty International on Monday expressed outrage and condemnation over the killing of eight schoolchildren in the town of Kumba in the...

Outrage as Nigeria imposes fines on television stations for their coverage of peaceful protests

The decision by the Nigerian government to impose fines on at least three television stations for their coverage of peaceful protests...

President Ramaphosa promises ‘efficient, reliable, safe and affordable public transport’ to South Africans

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday discussed the myriad of challenges South Africans face daily with public transportation.

Amnesty International outraged over Ethiopia’s decision to ban protests against ethnically motivated killings

Ethiopian authorities have banned peaceful protests against ethnically motivated killings which were due to take place on October 28, in direct violation of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.The National Amhara Movement (NAMA), an opposition political party, had called for protests following the killing of scores of people from the...

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

error:
Share
WhatsApp
Reddit
Tweet
Share