Nigerian’s on Twitter have reacted to the call by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for sanctions against CNN over its report on the alleged Lekki tollgate massacre by the Nigerian Army.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday afternoon, the Minister described the report as one-dimensional and lacking in balance.
He also validated a report done by the BBC, which he claimed was based more on facts.
The Minister added that CNN should be sanctioned for misinformation and irresponsible reporting.
Mohammed referred to previous reports done by CNN, which lacked balance, while insisting that the military fired blank bullets into the air and not at the crowd.
He urged that persons who have alleged massacres as well as relatives with missing family members report at the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Government to lay official complaints.
He also said the CNN report conveniently excluded the looting, violence by citizens, 269 private facilities burnt and looted, 243 government facilities vandalised.
He added that security agents deserved commendation and not condemnation.
However, the Minister’s address generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.
@DrOlufumilayo: “The VP stated people died. Sanwo went to CNN and confessed like a witch caught on nepa pole that 2 people died. We saw the video. Now Lai Mohammed says nobody died. Even if you are going to lie The lie needs to be consistent at least. This govt is full of foolish criminals.”
@aproko_doctor: “How exactly does Lai Mohammed plan to sanction CNN? Rather than take the findings from the investigation and do something about it, your plan is to cast aspersions on CNN. All the comedians in Nigeria should resign, we have comedy for days. The only problem is we’re not laughing.”
@I_Am_Ilemona: “Lai Mohammed goin to NTA & Radio Nigeria to counter CNN’s report is strategic. Those media houses reach places where CNN doesnt & the report most likely wont. The plan is to spread the lies to the grassroots. #EndSARS.”