- Slams Financial Times over ‘negative report on Biafra•’
BY OSOLOKA NNAMDI in Awka•
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday accused the Nigerian army of being in custody of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, just as it condemned what it called the “degenerative and unprofessional news reporting strategy” of the Financial Times of London.
IPOB accused the media outfit of failing to capture the real issues behind the Biafran agitation.
The group also reaffirmed its earlier position that its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not in hiding but instead was taken away by the army when they stormed his home and allegedly killed 28 people.
Comrade Emma Powerful, the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, in a statement in Enugu, said the group was dismayed by the current “misleading headline” on IPOB by the Financial Times with the headline: ‘Echoes of Biafra war as Nigeria looks to polls’.
The statement the title: “Re: Disappointing unprofessional Reportage of Financial Times on IPOB”, said from the report, it was obvious that there are deliberate and noticeable misrepresentations as the outfit relied mainly on fake information from wrong sources.
“You can see the over reliance on fake or unverified information from third parties and Nigerian government in particular.
“Given the sensitivities surrounding the clamour for Biafra independence led Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB and the heavy handedness of the Buhari regime widely documented by reputable global human rights organisations, it would have been prudent for an institution like the Financial Times to report the facts accurately rather than regurgitating the script handed to them by Lai Mohammed Information Minister for Nigeria.
“This unprofessional conduct calls for holistic review on the part of the proprietors of the Financial Times. It is our position that had a reputable media organisation like Financial Times embarked on investigating their sources of information before hand, they would have been well-informed of the fact that IPOB is non-violent in their quest for restoration of Biafra.
“Does it mean that the editors of Financial Times did not see and in fact know that Nnamdi Kanu is not in hiding but instead was taken away by the army when they stormed his home and killed 28 people? Did they not see the bullet riddled house and damage done to his family home?
“Are they not aware of the existence of a video taped interview clearly showing the Defence Minister of Nigeria Mansur Dan Ali admitting that they sent soldiers to Kanu’s home?
“Where went the conscience of the highly revered editors of this reputable publishing giant before they authorised this misleading report?,” the statement noted.
While asking Financial Times to immediately retract their wholly misleading and unprofessional report of the status of IPOB and her leader, the group however sympathised with the media platform over the sustained pressure it is currently facing on issues about IPOB.
“We are aware that Financial Times is under intense and sustained pressure from powerful UK based lobbyists, laundering Nigeria’s image to distort and twist every news on Biafra to their advantage.
“We remind them that all these information that we have pointed out to them are publicly available and as a consequence demand that they rectify the monumental errors of omission and misrepresentations in their report.
“Otherwise, we can only firmly conclude that they have joined the league of ‘fake news’ club to prop up the battered image of President Muhammadu Buhari,” they noted.