Buhari’s Supporters Launch Online Attacks On Investigative Newspaper Breaking Times

Buhari’s Supporters Launch Online Attacks On Investigative Newspaper Breaking Times

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on June 12, 2015
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General Muhammadu Buhari speaks during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos on December 11, 2014. (Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 11, 2015 launched a social media campaign against BREAKING TIMES, a leading investigative online newspaper.

BREAKING TIMES is known for its hardline investigative approach in unearthing government corruption and drawing public attention to the gaffes of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

The online news platform broke the Internet on June 1st 2015 when investigations by its reporters revealed how Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari wore a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch that cost £34,000 (N10, 400,000) to President Buhari’s inauguration on May 29, 2015.

READ: SHOCKER | Aisha Buhari’s Inauguration Wristwatch Cost £34,500 (N10, 453,000)

The story immediately went viral across the globe with reports by The UK Independent, the BBC and The International Business Times.

RELATED:  Nigerians upset over first lady’s flashy watch

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BREAKING TIMES has also unearthed a startling revelation of President’s Buhari’s hidden N2.1 Billion Abuja lakeside mansion, a claim the Presidency is yet to refute.

READ: EXPOSED | President Buhari’s N2.1 Billion Asokoro Mansion

Less than a year after it was founded in October 2014, BREAKING TIMES has positioned itself as one of Nigeria’s leading media watchdogs.

The newspaper revealed on Monday, June 8th 2015, how Senegalese Marabouts who had been contracted to conduct a spiritual cleansing at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa were stalling President Buhari’s relocation from his temporary Defence House office into Nigeria’s official seat of power.

READ: Senegalese Marabouts Stall Buhari’s Entry into Aso Rock

The President’s handlers have been debunking the veracity of the report.

The attacks on Thursday, June 11, 2015 heralded a story reported by BREAKING TIMES on how President Buhari’s administration recorded its first loss in the sports sector after Nigeria crashed out Thursday from the U-20 FIFA World Cup.

Football is Nigeria’s biggest pastime. Jittery over the public criticism the failure of the Nigerian team may have attracted to the Buhari administration, Buhari’s handlers immediately launched a social media push back against BREAKING TIMES.

Observers worry about the intolerance of the new Government in Nigeria to media and public criticism.

In April 2015, shortly before his inauguration as President, Buhari stopped the African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his engagements, a directive that drew widespread public condemnation and was subsequently reversed.

READ: General Buhari Bans AIT from Covering His Activities

The last Buhari supporter who goes by the handle @Ayourb is famous for issuing a death threat to a former US envoy on Twitter over an opinion editorial published in Washington Post on Buhari’s connections to global terrorist group, Islamic State (ISIS).

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