Category Archive : Journalism

Deji Adeyanju Lies Against The UK, The UK Government Responds Immediately

Former contestant for the post of National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Mr Deji Adeyanju who has become popular for criticising the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been exposed by the Government of the United Kingdom for a quick lie he put out on Twitter.

Mr Deji lied that the deadly Coronavirus has entered Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, he was trying to mock President Buhari, stating that if the disease hits Nigeria, the President will blame the PDP.

However, the lie was quickly uncovered and exposed by the Government of the United Kingdom via the official Twitter handle of the UK Department of Health.

The tweet reads in part “as of 2pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020, a total of 130 tests have concluded and 130 were confirmed negative”.

Deji has since gone quiet.

Tyranny? Governor Bans All Commissioners And Appointees From Posting On social Media

The Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade has ordered all Commissioners and appointees of the State to desist from posting anything about Governance on social media nor grant interviews on radio/TV stations.

The Governor who released the statement this afternoon said that only the Commissioner for Information and Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor are allowed to speak about Governance on socal media or on air. Any other appointee who wishes to do do, must get his permission.

The statement below:

Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade has directed all Commissioners and other political appointees of the government to henceforth desist from making public and policy statements on social media.

Giving the directive through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade also warned the commissioners as well as appointees of the government against granting or making both radio and television interviews/appearances without getting clearance from him.

According to the statement, “henceforth no commissioner or political appointee is allowed to showcase or make policy pronouncements on social media without seeking clearance from His Excellency. Every commissioner is from now henceforth expected to prove himself or herself on the field rather than on the social media.”
Making further clarification, statement said: “On the dissemination of government information, I want to make it abundantly clear that there are just two persons designated for the discharge of this function. That is the Commissioner for Information and Orientation as well as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita.”
The governor also warned that any contravention of the directive will be met with severe sanctions.

This same Governor is behind the incarceration of a Cross River State journalist Agba Jalingo who exposed his alleged N500million Micro Finance bank scam, and Joseph Odok PhD a former lecturer of the University of Calabar who has been very vocal in condemning the Governor’s horrible governance.

Agba Jalingo
Joseph Odok

Many notable Nigerians including Prof Woke Soyinka and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have called on the Governor to stop his tyranny and release the journalist, for Nigeria is a democracy.

Journalists Protection Body List 15 Worst Countries Fighting Journalists & Press Freedom

In light of the persecution of journalists around the globe and calls for press freedom worldwide by different countries, organizations and agencies, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released a list of countries that are worst jailers of journalists in 2019.

They are: China, Russia, Egypt, Iran, Rwanda, Bahrain, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Cameroon, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Burundi, Azerbaijan.

Agba Jalingo in court, persecuted by the Governor of Cross River State.

In recent times (even though not among the list of worst countries), Nigeria has faced a few cases of Governments jailing journalists for criticising or revealing the truth about their dirty and corrupt acts. One of such is Agba Jalingo, the editor of Cross River Watch who exposed the Cross River State Governor N500million alleged Microfinance fraud scheme.

The Governor, Sir Benedict Ayade masterminded the arrest and unlawful detention of Agba Jalingo for days before charging him to court on charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the Governor.

Mr Agba Jalingo is still in court.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.