Angry Nigerians Blast NAN MD Over Insensitive Post

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Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, has angered Nigerians over a post he made on his Facebook profile this afternoon.

The post which was ostensibly made to help launder the image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had carpeted the media and bloggers for misleading the masses and international communities about the correct situation in the country.

In the post, Onanuga relayed how he had told his daughter on the Virgin Atlantic Flight to London “to find out whether the plane was filled up or going to London near empty judging by the noisy campaign from a section of the country about the ‘hardship’ in our country“, to which his daughter had replied: “daddy, the flight was filled up o”

He then related “how food was cheap everywhere” on his trip to Jos and Bauchi over the weekend.

Onanuga ended the post by charging the media to objectively conduct a reality check about their reports, which he described as “over sensationalising so-called hardship” the country is passing through.
The post immediately sparked anger with Nigerians taking to Facebook to attack the journalism giant for being insensitive to the plight of the masses. Many Nigerians who commented on the matter expressed strong views while practically calling him a failure as Managing Director and Editior-in-Chief of TheNews/PMNews.
Onanuga was the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of TheNEWS/PMNews before he was appointed MD of NAN in May this year.
Bayo Onanuga’s post below.

My daughter was on the Virgin Atlantic Flight that took off from Lagos to London today. I asked her to find out whether the plane was filled up or going to London near empty judging by the noisy campaign from a section of the country about the ‘hardship’ in our country.
My daughter sent back this one-line text, after boarding: “daddy, the flight was filled up o”.
This makes me to wonder whether all the seeming orchestrated campaign in the media was not mere propaganda to make the Buhari regime look really bad.
I was in Bauchi and Jos at the weekend, I also found that food was cheap everywhere. In our hotel, we paid about N700 for a plate of semovita, or eba with a choice of cat fish or chicken. On the roadside, I found to my surprise that with just N1000, I bought over 50 oranges, two giant water melon and 10 pieces of sweet potato. I had experienced a similar thing in the market at Abuja, where I found that with N1,400, I could make a big vegetable soup, with tomato, pepper and roasted Titus fish.
Are the media and bloggers really painting a correct image of our country. It’s time for the media to objectively conduct a reality check about our reports, whether we are not over sensationalising so-called hardship that we talked about.

Source: Facebook

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