A German journalist, Dominic Johnson, has called out the Nigerian press for misleading headlines concerning President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Germany.
Some Nigerian newspapers had reported that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel had pledged €18 billion towards the development of of the Lake Chad basin.
Johnson, who is foreign editor of German newspaper TAZ, took to micro-blogging website, Twitter to debunk the reports saying that Merkel only pledged €18 million and for humanitarian purposes only.
“Here is the Lake Chad region, to which Nigeria is one, facing major challenges in the fight against Boko Haram. We have defined the framework of our development cooperation 47.5 million euro and the humanitarian aid to the Lake Chad region with 18 million euros,” Merkel told the press at a press conference with Buhari. “The humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad region is alarming,”
You may view the full transcript of the press conference HERE.
— Dominic Johnson (@kongoecho) October 15, 2016
The newspapers got the news from the Twitter handle of one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides, Bashir Ahmad who has since deleted the tweet and apologized for the misleading information.
— Charles the 1st (@9jaBloke) October 15, 2016
Please, excuse the error, Germany earmarked €18m NOT €18bn for Lake Chad region. I apologize, and the tweet has since been deleted.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 16, 2016
Buhari spent part of last week in Germany where he is also reportedly seeking medical attention. He departed Germany for Nigeria during the weekend.
This is not the only blight on the president’s trip. While he was there, his wife, Aisha Buhari’s insurgent interview with BBC was aired in which she slammed his government. She revealed that it had been hijacked by elements who don’t share the same values as the president.
Buhari responded to questions from journalists by saying that his wife ‘belongs to the kitchen, the living room and the other room“. Ironically, Buhari’s remarks were made in the presence of one of the most powerful people in the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a woman.
Following the outrage that greeted the president’s misogynic comments in Germany, his media aides attempted damage control by saying that he believes in the role of women in nation building and since Buhari laughed before making the comment, then it could be believed that what he said after was a joke.
But, Buhari has doubled down on his comments mocking his wife, Aisha Buhari contradicting his spokesperson, Garba Shehu who dismissed his principal’s remarks to German journalists, in which he said that his wife ‘belongs to the kitchen, the living room and the other room“.