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The official Twitter handle of Nigeria’s presidential seat of power @AsoRock and @DigiCommsNG – the governance communications Twitter mouthpiece of the Nigerian Presidency – on Monday, October 23, 2017 launched a series of online attacks against Nigerian online newspaper, Signal.

The two Twitter accounts descended on Signal with diatribes for reposting a video that details elements of fraud and incompetence in the execution of the Nigerian Government’s School Feeding Programme.

In the video, below, a citizen shows a pitiable piece of bread and what is passed as “stew” which is prepared and distributed to children in a school. The citizen reporter clearly indicates that what she is recording is the Buhari government school feeding programme in an unidentified schoo.

The video which had gone viral in the Nigerian social media since Sunday evening was reposted by the online platform on its Twitter handle @thesignalng on Monday morning drawing a lot of commentary from Nigerians in the social media.

Apparently worried by the negative publicity the video was generating for the federal government, federal government Twitter accounts, managed by Tolu Ogunlesi, a former journalist, resorted to labelling Signal as a purveyor of fake news. Curiously, in their attempt at pushback, nothing in the government communication efforts presented any evidence of the said video being fake.

In a rather condescending tweet at @thesignalng, @DigiCommsNG tweeted; “Someone has put together a random video of a random food vendor, and is getting @thesignalng to share it and mislead the public. #FakeNews”. In response, @thesignalng responded; “DELETE this account. #FakeGovt”.

A back and forth between both handles has since ensued as can be seen in their Twitter timelines.

This is not the first time the Nigerian Presidency would resort to using its official communications platforms to attack Nigerian media organisations.

Earlier in the Muhammadu Buhari regime, the spokesperson of President Muhammadu Buhari published an attack on The Trent and its publisher, Aziza Uko on the Aso Rock website. The move received an intense public backlash and led to the editorial board of online newspaper issuing a statement condemning the tyrannical nature of the Buhari regime.


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