Nigerian National Summit Group, NNSG, has kicked against what it described as the growing pattern of self-serving propaganda tactics being deployed by government officials and organs, warning that it could trigger social unrest nationwide. In a statement by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony. Uranta, NNSG threw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, urging that the war must be non-selective and follow the rule of law, citing the recent losses by the Federal Government in four major court cases as proof that trial by media cannot be a substitute for thorough investigations and properly prosecuted cases. He said: “Trial by media, including the recent propaganda deployments by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have not only been too loosely woven around
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unverified facts, but have even calculatedly encouraged libelous falsehoods, while inflaming public passion.” The group’s scribe noted that “the rush, by the EFCC, for example, to the media, the putative discoveries of humongous amounts of allegedly looted monies, without first ascertaining their ownership, smacks of professional impropriety, especially considering how many now obviously innocent individuals have had their names and integrity at least passively impugned via nigh-libelous association with said sums, by the anti-corruption agency.” EFCC operatives “Without attempting to hold brief for Ms. Mo Abudu, Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, or Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, one can guess that unless the EFCC speedily offers them very public apologies, the stigma created by the media outcry, that wrongly linked them to the apartment in which the funds were discovered, may never be lived down by them. And, now that we learned that the NIA had immediately claimed ownership of the apartment and funds, one wonders in whose interest it was to ignore this and still allow for the growth of malicious public and media speculation. Even now, the uncalled-for publicity as to who the real owners of the <script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
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</script>apartments in the complex is, is distasteful and dangerous,” he said. Calling on government agencies and the media be careful, he said “In future, before carelessly broadcasting sensational information, so as not to become the cause of a violent national social upheaval by misled Nigerians who are already on edge and frustrated with the status quo during this recession. “The NNSG further calls on members of the Nigerian public and all law enforcement agents to also be on the alert for criminals that may attempt to impersonate the security agencies so as to gain forced, or coerced, illegal entry into innocent individuals’ homes, offices, and other premises. “The NNSG gives notice that it will deploy the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act to demand the EFCC immediately obeys Mr. President’s instruction, given a couple of weeks ago, that the anti-graft body tread the natural path of transparency and accountability, by urgently producing an Interim Audit Report of all monies recovered by the agency, to date, beginning from the tenure of the former EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde.”<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
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