Journalist, Dele Momodu, has slammed members of the Buhari Media Organization over the recent attacks launched on his person. Momodu in a statement released on Thursday August 13, slammed the organization for describing him as a lackey of embattled former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Momodu in his statement said since his interview with Madueke where he revealed she had cancer, members of the organization have ”been angry and throwing tantrums like babies deprived of lollipops.”
He went on to state that members of the organization claimed Diezani’s cancer story was false yet they expect Nigerians to believe the story of President Buhari going to the UK to treat an undisclosed ailment and returning to Nigeria afterwards. He said if President Buhari can be healed of his undisclosed ailment and fully recover thereafter, then Deizani can enjoy the same privilege.
He went to describe members of the organization as parasites who ”can’t even defend their own existence talk less of a President.”
Read his statement below
THE BUHARI MEDIA ORGANIZATION IS AN ASSOCIATION OF MEDIA VULTURES
My attention has just be drawn to a release by a group that calls itself The Buhari Media Organization calling me a lackey of former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Ever since I interviewed the embattled woman about five years ago, they have been angry and throwing tantrums like babies deprived of lollipops. But my question is who are those calling anyone a lackey?
These are shameless vultures who, out of joblessness, turned themselves into attack dogs. Please, show me one of them who can be described as accomplished in any field of human endeavor. Nigeria is the only country where government waste scarce resources on parasites who can’t even defend their own existence talk less of a President.
What is there to defend in a government that promised so much but delivered so little? I wonder why they blame everyone for their failure and frustrations. I did my job professionally and ethically by interviewing Mrs Alison-Madueke. I stand by my story that she was nursing cancer. They claimed it was false, yet President Muhammadu Buhari had an undisclosed ailment that kept him away in London for months and got healed and returned to Nigeria by the mercy almighty of God. If Buhari can recover, who says Mrs Alison-Madueke cannot enjoy the same privilege? Or was his sickness or return also fake? But it is in the nature of vultures to run around scavenging for dead bodies. Are these parasitic elements not tired of the surfeit of dead bodies that litter everywhere in Nigeria today? Only vultures take pride and delight in death.
Let’s now come to the issue of Mrs Alison-Madueke. I’m too hardworking to be the lackey of anybody. I do my job well and assiduously to live on my sweat. I interviewed the former Minister and reported our encounter verbatim. There was nowhere in the story I passed judgment for or against her. They said the story was written to attract pity for her. Should I have written she did not have cancer when I had copious evidence to back her claims? And even if she lied by claiming to have cancer, my job as a reporter was to record and report what she told me since journalists have no means of testing anyone.
I’m not the reason the Buhari government has not prosecuted the woman in over five years. While they engaged in media lynching and savoured their campaigns of calumny against every imaginary enemy, they studiously ignored the massive and unprecedented corruption in their own backyard.
I remain resolute in doing my job as dictated by the best tenets of journalism. No government would tell me who to interview or not.
Finally, I will continue to do my job of promoting free speech for every Nigerian, and providing alternative and uncommon information for my readers, using my extensive networks and access to newsmakers. I will never be bullied by some supposed journalists without jobs.
CHIEF DELE MOMODU
Vehicles destroyed as container falls off trailer in Ogun (photos)
Some vehicles have been destroyed after the containers on a trailer fell off and landed on them along Sango road in Ogun state on Tuesday morning, September 29.
It is not yet certain if there are any casualties from the accident.
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God will punish me if I was involved – Ex-minister denies being involved in stripping his staff naked over missing money
Former Minister of State for Petroleum, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi has denied being involved in stripping some of his hotel staff naked over a missing money.
Recall that the Minister made headlines after being accused of arresting four of his hotel staff and stripping them naked for allegedly stealing N5,000. The four staff of the hotel have been identified as Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Rosslyn Okiemute and Achibong Precious. It was also alleged that the hotel management forcefully made some withdrawals from their bank accounts with their ATM cards before the police took them away in a waiting van.
However commenting on the incident at a press conference held at his country home in Oginibo, Ughelli South council area of Delta state, Gbagi stressed that the said staff were not employees of the hotel but “freelancers”. He added that there are records to back this up.
He further alleged that his political detractors who are out to truncate his plans to contest for the 2023 gubernatorial race in the state, are behind the trending video and photos.
“There was nothing as you have read, that happened. The people you saw in those pictures are not staff of my hotel. Legally, documentarily, they are not staff of the hotel. They are freelancers.
“Were you to do a forensic analysis of the video for my body on those pictures, and you find me there, I will resign from politics.
“I invited the Police from Ebrumede to take them. I will never descend to do such (strip people naked). It was politically motivated. I will not strip anybody’s daughter naked or strip any person.
“This, to me, is just a distraction. I am resolute, I am contesting in 2023. Let God punish me if I touched any of the girls or was involved in their stripping. I am prepared. I know what they are planning.”
The former Minister who also revealed that he is yet to receive a police invitation over the incident, added that he “will graciously attend any invitation of the Nigerian Police.”
We will reopen land borders soon – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government is currently working towards reopening Nigeria’s land borders.
Recall that in October 2019, President Buhari ordered the full closure of land borders as part of measures to checkmate smuggling activities.
However speaking at a webinar organized by The Africa Report, Vice President Osinbajo said the Federal government is working with neighbouring countries on the terms of reopening the border.
“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened,” he said.
We are committed to the AfCFTA but we are concerned about threats to security and the economy and we had to take certain actions that would satisfy the immediate needs of our country. It (border closure) certainly wasn’t meant to be permanent and we are looking forward to reopening as quickly as possible.” Osinbajo said