New York Post and It's Philippic Style of Reportage Against President Jonathan
On Friday,27th June, 2014, Nigeria's President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,
wrote an article titled, “Goodluck Jonathan: Nothing is more important
than bringing home Nigeria's missing girls”, which was subsequently posted
on Washington post, inorder to clarify reasons for his silence on efforts
to rescue the girls, laying emphasises on the need to obliterate acts
capable of compromising on-going investigation.
The said article was greeted with mixed reactions on Social media sites
and within hours, it went viral. While critics and supporters of Mr
President were engaged in heated discourse, dissecting and analysing the
said article with so much scrutiny, “NEW YORK POST” in its usual manner
decided, it was its responsibility to reply President Jonathan with a
Philippic and repugnant post titled, ” Newspaper Column Diplomacy” !!!.
New York's relevance seeking and penurious post went on to say, “When in
April the Islamist group Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 girls from their
school in northeast Nigeria, it commanded global attention and sparked a
#BringBackOurGirls movement.'But the girls are still missing. The
campaign seems to have moved from hashtag demands to newspaper column
diplomacy, it hypocritically noted.
It further wrote, ” Meanwhile, this week Boko Haram kidnapped another 90
Nigerian children and set off a massive bomb in the heart of the
nation capital. Apparently the government secret plan to get the
girls back which President Jonathan says he has to 'remain quiet
aboutâ€ isnt much impressing them.
The depraved media site has contumeliously reproached every moved
President Goodluck Jonathan takes with so much disdain and cockyness, that
one wonders, if it's vituperative comments against Nigeria's President is
in a bid to up its already diminished reputation.
A very bias and primitive review by Newyork post, and am not surprised. Is
Newyork post claiming not to be in the know of Governments efforts towards
curbing this menace? Is Newyork post claiming ignorance of the fact that,
the continuous bombing and abduction of Nigerians in Nigeria started
immediately a Minority from the South-South geo-political zone, was freely
and fairly voted into the exalted seat of the Presidency? Why hasn't this
fact been highlighted by this paid propagandist, called Newyork post?
No responsible Govt discusses its strategy, when faced with terrorism on
the pages of newspapers or online portals,as that will be tantamount to
Governments plan on returning the abducted girls alive.
It is obvious that, the rise and continous menace unleashed on Nigerians
by Boko-haram terrorist, is politically motivated by those who have sworn
to make Nigeria ungovernable for president Jonathan and Newyork Post has
become a willing tool in spreading propaganda and biased reportage against
the present regime.
This same media site sometime ago, granted an interview to Nigeria's
former CBN Governor, now imposed Emir of Kano State, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
after he was disgracefully ousted from office for corrupt practices, and
in its signature style, it spared no effort in branding Mr President as
corrupt and lacking leadership style, without getting facts and showing
fairness by contacting the other side before going to print, which is the
norm for responsible journalist or media houses.
No Nigerian media house engages in comments or acts capable of
discrediting the American Government with so much recklessness in the
manner Newyork post has done. It must be condemned by all patriotic
I have watched and read with abhorrence, the continuous derogatory remarks
of Newyork post on Our dear President Goodluck Jonathan,and I say enough
to this jiggery-pokery and codology style of blackmail by Newyork post
against President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Commander in Chief, Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
Written by, Blessing Oyanimigha, Special Assistant on Social Media to
Bayelsa State Governor.