First Lady Blasts Minister Of Communication Isa Ibrahim And Presidential Aides For Being Soft On Fake News Peddlers
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
The First Lady has accused her husband’s aides and the communications minister, Isa Ibrahim (below), of not doing enough to fight fake news.
She insisted that some Nigerians were trying to use social media to “bring down the government”, and peddle falsehoods about her husband.
She blasted the officials for being soft on these peddlers of fake news and allowing her husband's personality to be mocked with “no consequences.”
“The Minister of Communications that is supposed to give an order, to bring an end to fake news, talked about it and everybody laughed and that was the end of it. No consequences for any offenders? Nothing? You say what you like and you go free.
“There is no way we will have such a society and have peace in it. When there are no consequences, everyone does what they want and almost everything is in disarray,” Mrs Buhari said on Friday.
Mrs Buhari made her position known during a phone-in programme on the Journalists’ Hangout, a programme on Television Continental. She also revealed that aides had failed to protect Mr Buhari’s image, but were always quick to respond to irrelevant matters.
She went on to inform:
“Whenever they are supposed to take action against the offenders, or to take action or to take charge or be in control, or caution people, they keep mute,
“But when it comes to unnecessary things, people will start talking of the presidency.
“A typical example is what happened after the election in Bayelsa state. When the PDP came out and said they would … suspend His Excellency, Goodluck Jonathan, the former president, for doing wrong or something like that.
“I have seen no reason why (the) presidency should come out and say that they were shocked to hear that. Is it their business? Are they PDP members? Is President Jonathan a member of our party? What does that have to do with the presidency?”
The response Mrs Buhari was referring to was made by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu (below) who on November 26 described as “false and irresponsible’’ reports that Mr Jonathan was blackmailed to support the governing party, APC.
Mrs Buhari went on to defend her support for the regulation of social media, saying some Nigerians were using the platforms to attack the president falsely
“Meanwhile, they said the president was dead when he was sick, they showed his coffin, they showed his everything, and then recently all over the social media. They said he was getting married, they were showing this and that but nobody came out to defend the President, or to say anything about it,
“They are now taking to social media to bring down the government itself. I think that we should not allow people that are nobody and nothing to override the innocent; I don’t know why people that are supposed to be in charge should remain mute while bad people take over the government from us. It is impossible and totally unacceptable.”