Federal Government To Media “Be Nigeria’s Watchdog, Not Lapdog”

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Federal government has taken a swipe at a London-based news magazine, The Economist, over its continuous stereotypical story on Nigeria.

This is even as the government additionally charged the Nigerian press on its watchdog role allocated to it by the designers of our constitution and not be a echo chamber of the foreign media.

Tending to a press instructions in Abuja yesterday, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed discredited the possibility of the Nigerian media, particularly the conventional media, disgorging absolutely everything distributed or reported by foreign partners.

The minister noted that Economist Group, of which The Economist magazine is an integral part, has been wrong about Nigeria before, just as it is wrong about Nigeria this time around in its article crafted to denigrate, demonise and destabilise the country.

Mohammed said it is totally antithetical to its reputation of independence and vibrancy.

The minister noted that the Nigerian media does itself a great disservice by turning itself into an echo chamber of the foreign media.

Mohammed recalled that shortly before the 2019 general elections, The Economist Intelligence Unit, also from the stable of The Economist Group, predicted that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, would win the election.

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