The Speaker of the Nigerian House of representatives would be going to court if an online newspaper he described as “dumb” does not retract a story it wrote.
A Nigerian online news portal, Premium Times, alleged in a report that the federal ministry of finance had made illegal payments of funds to Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate President Bukola Saraki.
But, reacting to the story via his verified Twitter handle @YakubDogara on Saturday, the Speaker described the story as “journalistic demagoguery”.
“Journalistic demagoguery is fast gaining ascendancy in the country and must be curtailed”, Dogara said.
He said if editors of Premium Times do not immediately retract the story and apologise, he will institute legal action against them as a law abiding citizen.
“This brand of journalistic demagoguery that is currently in the ascendancy in our dear country must be curtailed,” he said.
” The writers are as dumb as the fable they are peddling. If no immediate retraction of this supremely idiotic report is made, we will certainly meet in court.”
The senate President Bukola Saraki , finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Accountant General of the Federation Mr. Ahmed Idris have all repudiated the story with senator Saraki demanding for retraction or he seek redress in court .