No Sergeant David Bako in army, Lai Mohammed claims
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has dismissed the existence of a certain Sergeant David Bako in the military, just as he labelled his confession on the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls as fake.
During a media briefing yesterday in Lagos, the minister dismissed as untrue the news making the rounds concerning the said sergeant who reportedly confessed to be part of an alleged conspiracy by the government to abduct the recently freed girls.
He described the Bako’s revelation as a classic example of what he had been saying regarding disinformation and fake news.
Mohammed said: “I can tell you categorically that this David Bako is fake. There is no such soldier in the Nigerian Army. There was no conspiracy anywhere. The intention of those behind the disinformation and fake news is to cause disaffection between Christians and Muslims, and between Southerners and Northerners.”
Expressing gratitude to Nigerians for their support and prayers over the release of the students, the minister reiterated the government’s commitment to the ongoing anti-terrorism crusade in parts of the country.
He noted that the current administration was averse to meaningful dialogue while the military operations continue, adding that the deployment of the option facilitated the release of the girls.
“We appeal for non-partisanship on the issue of security. We all have to be safe and alive before we can even belong to any political party. And whether you are in government or in the opposition, Nigeria belongs to all of us,” Mohammed added.
The minister urged the media to be more discerning in disseminating materials that serve no other purpose than to sabotage ongoing efforts to end the insurgency in the North East and secure the release of the remaining Chibok and Dapchi girls.”
He said the administration’s success in seeking an early release of the Dapchi girls had ruffled many feathers, noting: “It has upturned a lot of plans by naysayers. They have not been able to sleep since the girls came back. Their campaign to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari is fuelling their desperation. Nigerians should prepare to see more avalanche of disinformation and fake news. But you should not lend any credibility to such reports. They belong to the trashcan!”
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the conflicting statements from the police on the return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, as an indication that “confusion reigns supreme in the President Muhammadu Buhari government.”
His Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, quoted the governor in a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti as saying it was embarrassing that the IGP could come on a “national television to deceive Nigerians by giving information that he was not sure of the release of the girl.”
He went on: “Nigerians can now see why it is advisable to check their calendar when President Buhari and his men say what the date is.”
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