Jubril from Chad is Fake News- Lai Mohammed in Daily Sun, Friday, November 30,2018 : Igbo Group calls for a Rather Thorough Investigation Before Disproving it.
Refers : Daily Sun, Friday, November 30,2018, Page 40.
An Igbo Advocacy Group, Voice from the East – VEAST, has dispassionately looked into the widely reported case on the Daily Sun as quoted above credited to the Minister of Information Mr. Lai Mohammed during the annual lecture of radio Nigeria titled ‘Fake News, Hate Speech and 2019 General Election : the Role of the Nigerian Media.
Lai Mohammed in the same source had revealed that it was the same fake news and hate speech that made Federal Government convey a special national council on information in Jos , in April 2017, stating that the next epidemic to hit the country would be fake news and hate speech.
VEAST analysed these two statements by Lai Mohammed vis-a- viz Nnamdi Kannu’s purported grandstanding that Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian President had died in a London Hospital on January the 28 , 2017 and was buried in Saudi Arabia in line with Islamic rights and rites.
The group called on Lai Mohammed to verify every statement said to have been made by Nnamdi Kanu with IPOB before saying anything for or against it , stating that quietness would have solved the problem better rather than , trying to no avail ,to disproving the said source of the said news. In a statement endorsed by its Convener, Comrade Kindness Jonah, the group maintains that rightness or wrongness of Nnamdi Kanu’s Jubril versus Buhari imbroglio was not necessary at all, adding that such issues should be settled by articulate and factual disproof to end wagging of mouths, adding that the only acceptable disproof of Nnamdi Kanu ‘s touted grandstanding was for Buhari himself to address Nigerian press and media on a one-on-one chart as Olusegun Obasanjo and Nnamdi Azikiwe did when rumours of their respective deaths guetto-blastered.
‘‘‘ If Buhari died on 28- 10- 2017 as Nnamdi Kanu claims, and Nigeria Government did not announce it , and Lai Mohammed addressed the press in April 2017 hankering on hate speech as soon epidemic to hit Nigerian news waves, then he- Lai Mohammed only had vindicated Nnamdi Kanu . But if the claim was refuted by Buhari himself , before April 2017 when Lai Mohammed made the comment , addressing Nigerians as a living being as Nnamdi Azikiwe and Olusegun Obasanjo did when they suffered the same fake news , there wouldn’t have been any cause for alarm.
Why Nnamdi Kanu appears to be warming himself into the hearts of many Igbos on this so called grandstanding, is that the said living man referred to has not deemed it absolutely necessary to address Nigerians himself, in a media chart , to personally respond to non-stereotyped questions, directly from the Nigerian audience. United States President , Donald D.J. Trump, made a sweeping sarcastic remark on Nigeria’s President , Muhammadu Buhari, referring him to a lifeless body, yet, Buhari did not come out himself to show Nigerians that he is not lifeless, that he is Muhammadu Buhari himself and no other.
Buhari never spoke himself, but retorted via his lieutenants- a doubtful disposition in matters of life and death which only the living person concerned and referred to, can refute. Besides, Nnamdi Kanu claims that Queen Elizabeth of England signed condolence register on Buhari’s death, but what has bogged many a critical mind , is that ever since this purported fake news hit the airwaves, Queen Elizabeth of England herself, still alive, has not deemed it fit to refute it, neither British Government countering it even when Nnamdi Kanu is with them there in London before he was found in Israel.
Why all these conspiracies of silence in a matter that, only and only, outspokenness can resolve ? Why not Queen Elizabeth of England cum British Government, sue Nnamdi Kanu or even call him to interrogate him, even once ? The same Nnamdi Kanu alleged that a whole OAU-AU as well as CNN had observed one minute silence in honour of Buhari whom he claimed to have died in a London hospital. Incidentally, both OAU-AU and CNN, have not refuted the grave allegation purportedly made against them by someone who is reachable and gettable . The whole scenario is funny. Atiku was quoted to have said : ‘ I won’t contest with a foreigner’. But Nigerian constitution is clear on the fact that a foreigner cannot contest election , and Buhari as the incumbent President has not deemed it necessary to call Atiku to explain who that foreigner is. The more you look, the less you see in this said grandstanding by Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu claims that the Jubril now in Aso Rock, is shorter than Bukola Saraki, as against the former – original Buhari that was too lanky and regarded as the tallest. Has this assertion been disproved by juxtaposing Buhari with Saraki in the present ?
Nnamdi Kanu also alleges that the Jubril now in Aso Rock, cannot speak his native Fulfude language which is the simplest thing anybody can disprove. Why can’t the present Buhari in Aso Roch address Nigerians in Fulfude , in company of an interpreter , if only to prove Nnamdi Kanu wrong ? Also, Nnamdi Kanu claims that the Jubril now in Aso Rock , has no bald head, whereas the original Buhari has bald head, and he is challenging him to remove his cap for authentic view by Nigerians to prove him wrong. What is difficult in removing your cap ? The taciturnity of Buhari in the whole scenario is adding salt to injury and , appear to be vindicating Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu claims that the original Buhari writes with left hand, while Jubril now in Aso Rock, writes with right hand.
Even though one can be amdixtrous, this proof is very simple to enact and save Nigerians the burden of confusion, and disprove Nnamdi Kanu , once and for all times. ’’’ The group concludes that where these allegations could not be disproved with weight of counter facts, Lai Mohammed should not add salt to injury by making fact less comments that hide the man at the heat of the whole thing who could have taken the bull by the horns to personally prove Nnamdi Kanu wrong, adducing that quietness was divine in such matters, rather than sabre-rattling.