Vanguard Newspaper Exposed: Defends Named Boko Haram Sponsors with Propaganda
The Vanguard editorial has been making several noticed blunders in their hurry to defend named Boko Haram sponsors, ex-army chief Azubuike Ihejirika and former Borno Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
The duo were named as top Boko Haram terror group sponsors last week by a negotiator for the Jonathan government, Dr. Stephen Davis of Australia.
In the first hurriedly penned article written by the Vanguard’s chief north correspondent, Soni Daniels, an alleged interview took place between himself and Dr Stephen Davis in which the Dr denied being hired by the Federal government.
The major blunder however in Soni Daniels report which rendered it useless and unprofessional, was the fact that the report failed to mention if and when any interview took place. Professional journalism requires full disclosure of how and when said interview took place; if it was in person, by phone, email or otherwise. Soni Daniels wrote some irrelevant introductory story and then presented half-baked interview snippets without much coherence and without details of if and when and how said interview took place.
In the second hurriedly prepared work by the same Soni Damniels of the Vanguard, the paper alleged that Boko haram was eager to defend the accused sponsors. This was even more shabily done. In this report published Monday, Soni Davis refered alternately to “source” and “negotiator.” Which one was it? A source or a negotiator? Soni failed to say who this new negotiator was employed by; since the federal government through Mike Omeri claimed they have not engaged any negotiator whatsoever.
Further to show the frustration and incoherence in Soni’s little tale, he said the negotiator said the government did not hire Dr Stephen Davis. Is this negotiator a government official? How then did Soni daniels of the Vanguard quote the negotiator as saying the federal Government of Nigeria did not hire David. This so-called negotiator fits the profile of Wendell Simlin, no doubt.
Further it is stunning that the Vanguard is happy to publish that Boko Haram of all things is coming to the rescue of Ihejirika and Sheriff in a hurry – this very week. This appears more indicting than anything else. Suddenly the Vanguard has best access to the terrorists and the terrorists appear to be working for the PDP, the worst affected party by the damning revelations of Dr Stephen Davis; with the sect promising to narrate the usual Nigerian ruling party slanderous narrative, blaming opposition politicians for all their woes and deadly failures.
Nigerians are enjoying watching as the executive leadership of the nation and all their partners in treacherous governance of the nation and the promotion of intractable terror are stumbling over themselves and revealing themselves and their associations with terror.
Well, we are waiting for Boko Haram. We are waiting for Shekau to release a new video to dispell all the allegations by Stephen Davis.
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