By Niniola Adeoti
We have been searching for it since last Friday. It’s not a needle. And neither is it invisible. It’s an appointment letter. Yes, you heard me right. Appointment letter. How does an appointment letter go lost without any traces? Baffling, isn’t it?
Some online mediums in Kwara State, which are fast becoming synonymous with falsehood and fake news had reported, AUTHORITATIVELY, that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had appointed Prince AbdulKadir Mahee as the new Chief of Staff. Great news? People had even rolled out drums. But after proper verification, it appeared to be an outright fallacy and a speculative news item.
People begin to wonder where these mediums get their information from. Is it from the football viewing center or Akara joint? Till date, some of them who reported that the state was spending 17.3 million naira daily on COVID-19 for three months are yet to substantiate their report even after concerned residents have been asking for evidence. Neither was apology tendered.
As if the scorn that scenario awarded them wasn’t enough, they came with Tractorisation scam. Happily, many people have begun to take them for who they are: liars, barefaced liars. So, the vaunted exclusive was taken with a pinch of salt. Since a writer asked where is the multi-million naira scam, we have not been seeing the other parts released. Maybe another part is coming soon.
The truth however is that if they even extend it to seasons, no scam would still be found. Because it is just a planted and sensational story targeted at bringing the government down for political scores. But did the people worry? Not at all! People who received KWASSIP loans? People who are billed to participate in a Digital course free of charge? People whose roads are being constructed? People whose schools are being renovated? We can’t exhaust the list of good works ongoing in this government. Surely not!
Not to forget that the same medium reported that Governor Ganduje, BOB, and Governor AbdulRazaq were in a closed-door meeting. We are yet to see the video or picture evidence of the said meeting. Now, it’s ‘appointment scam news’. I can only imagine the embarrassment this would have brought the revered prince.
They would still not bury their heads in shame. Our authoritative reporters are not done yet. They even went ahead in the course of covering their shameless reportage that Governor AbdulRahman’s younger brother bought a white jeep for Mahe.
Poor Mahe! Governor’s brother trying to up his status in preparation for the invisible appointment. We are sorry Mahe. Well-meaning Kwarans are sorry for the brunt you suffered from these barefaced liars. That’s who they are. Authoritative journalists hell-bent on causing division in the society with their reports so far it is satisfying their want and that of their paymasters. Dear Prince Mahee, we are sorry, please forgive them.
But we should ask our authoritative reporters questions. We should give them assignments and wait for their answers. The questions are simple. How did Kwara spend 17.3 million naira a day? Where is the multi-million naira scam? Where is Prince Mahee’s appointment letter? Thank God our Governor does not have short fuse! Some merchants of fake news might have been in Oke-Kura or Mandala by now. The Lord is great!
Once beaten twice shy… Bi iro ba lofun ogun odun, ododo a ba lojokan.