In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Nigeria’s participation in the COP 28 Climate Summit, Comrade Omotosho, a public analyst, has vehemently criticized the government’s reported delegation size and called for responsible journalism.
It would be recalled that the uproar began when it was disclosed that Nigeria President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu led a contingent of 1,411 delegates to the United Arab Emirates for the climate summit, prompting widespread backlash from citizens and opposition parties. The Labour Party and other political entities lambasted the government, accusing it of extravagant and irresponsible use of the nation’s resources.
In response to these allegations, the federal government refuted the claim, asserting that they had sponsored only 422 delegates, significantly lower than the reported figure.
Comrade Omotosho, speaking to RoyalTimes, addressed the media, and expressed concern over the dissemination of what he termed “inflated” numbers by various news outlets. He highlighted the inherent danger in spreading misinformation and emphasized the critical importance of fact-checking before publishing news reports.
“Before analyzing news, it’s crucial to verify facts. What’s imperative now is to investigate why there was such a discrepancy in the numbers reported by different news outlets. The exaggeration of the delegate count is what raised suspicion among the people,” remarked Comrade Omotosho.
He further underscored the prevailing trend of the government facing allegations in Nigeria, urging the media to prioritize accuracy and factual reporting to curb the spread of misleading information.