Pro Trump Rally Killings: Shaming And Taming Rampaging Presidential Falsehoods In Nigeria
The leaderships of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) are deeply concerned over the un-repentant and remorseless bad conducts of some senior public office holders under the present Buhari Administration in Nigeria.
Of particular concerns are highly despicable and condemnable dispositions of the Nigerian Army headed by Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai and his sub commanders as well as the image and public information handlers of the present central Government of Nigeria including the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Presidential Spokespersons.
Today, being 22nd February 2017 marks 630 days since the Buhari Administration came on board and took charge of the Nigerian Presidency (29th May 2015) and of these 630 days, a total of not less than 315 presidential lies or falsehoods have been officially dished out and told; on average of two presidential falsehoods or lies in every two days (credit: Intersociety 2017).
The lies or falsehoods under reference are barefaced or brazenly told even when caught in the act or contradicted with substantial and sufficient provable pieces of evidence.
The presidential lies or falsehoods of the Buhari Administration have also since late May 2015 defied preponderance of material or physical and mental evidence or such expressly capable of being proven beyond reasonable doubt.
It is also on record that the Buhari Administration has never admitted any policy or conduct wrong doing since its inception on 29th May 2015.
Even when empirical findings are irrefutably made by leading and reputable international organizations and research institutions, such findings will still be emptily denied by the Buhari Administration.
The Buhari Administration is also very notorious in mangling, spinning and suppressing circumstantially unassailable facts and figures.
This advocacy position of ours is sequel to intensification of presidential falsehoods by the referenced senior public office holders in the past few days.
The two most shocking and disturbing of ongoing falsehood intensification policy of the Buhari Administration are the statement made in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the recent barefaced and provocative lies contained in the press statement of the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which was signed by one Col Aminu Iliyasu.
The said 6th Division of the Nigerian Army had in its statement of 19th February 2017 lied unpardonably, saying that “no single soul was shot and killed and no single shot was fired by the Army and its sister security agencies” during the Pro Trump Rally organized in Port Harcourt on 20th January 2017 by IPOB led Pro Biafra Campaigners .
Also, this time around, the Nigerian Army seems to have modified or changed its usual lies of “the Pro Biafra Campaigners arming themselves with automatic weapons and attacking security forces”, to “Pro Biafra Campaigners throwing stones at the Nigerian Army and other security forces at Pro Trump Rally”.
The Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on his part, had yesterday being 21st February 2017, described the news and verifiable information of the killing and injuring of scores of unarmed and defenceless Pro Biafra Campaigners at Pro Trump Rally in Port Court, Rivers State as “disinformation and fake news, worse than insurgency”.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed spoke at the Seventh Edition of the National Security Seminar organized by the National Defence College of Nigeria, the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Alumni of the National Defence College.
Both the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army and the Minister of Information claimed falsely and wickedly that pictures and videos of the Port Harcourt Pro Trump Rally mass shooting and killing are fake videos and pictures from “old archives”.
We make bold to say that the panicky and intensified presidential falsehood must have been a fallout of the recent Trump-Buhari diplomatic call drama and blunder, said to have taken place in London UK.
Possibly the Trump aides at White House had raised a concern and contempt over the killing of unarmed and defences citizens who gathered in solidarity with the new Trump Government; to their Nigerian counterparts in the course of negotiating or arranging for the said Trump-Buhari diplomatic call drama and blunder; forcing the Buhari Administration to “deny same before them” as usual with a firm promise to initiate a country-wide and international rebuttal as we had seen in the past few days.
This is more so when it took the Army and the Presidency the whole of 31 days to issue a statement of fake denial in the shooting and killing that took place since 20th January 2017.
As a matter of fact, the gloomy diplomatic and circumstances trailing the Trump-Buhari call solely forced Nigerians including Intersociety to cast a serious doubt over the reality and efficacy of the said sketchy diplomatic call.
Till date, controversies so generated have remained unresolved. Such unresolved controversies include whether it was actually President Muhammadu Buhari or a hired third party that received and responded to the said Trump call.
There is also gross misrepresentation of facts in the Trump statement as contained in the Nigerian Presidency’s side of the statement; when the two are elementarily compared. Another part of the controversies is the choice, timing and location of the said diplomatic call.
The question as to whether President Muhammadu Buhari can coherently memorize, talk, hear or be heard till date has remained unanswered by the Presidency as well.