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How Buhari Treated AIT Crew In Daura, By Lara Owoeye Wise

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by Lara Owoeye Wise

“I want to, this morning appeal to all Nigerians, friends on Facebook, pro-General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), pro-Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), anti-GMB, anti-GEJ, but lovers of this our beautiful country called Nigeria, to ‘take it easy’ like we normally say here. Take it easy, people.

I have always said that the social media is a crazy place where irresponsible journalism is the norm. You don’t believe me? Just start a rumour on your wall and see how many people will share and even claim they were physically present when your rumour happened.


Thousands of you have shared this message. Let me ask you some questions. Where was AIT barred from?

What was the event? What is the name of the crew that went to cover the assignment? When and where did this happen?

I work at AIT so I’m privy to what some people are not but let me say this: this same AIT sent me to Daura to shoot a documentary on the president-elect. That is professionalism.

This same AIT foot the bill for this expensive project and gave me what I needed for this assignment.

This same AIT is working to see that the documentary meets international and professional standards and is already creating airtime for it. While in Katsina state, some overzealous aides, friends and sympathisers of the president-elect reacted to my presence in their state. The emirate council? Oh! You guys don’t want to know how ‘God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den’, literally.

At a point, I had to hide my official car and moved around in an unbranded vehicle for security reasons, okay?

But this same Buhari was informed that “AIT was on their soil” but his informants got the shock of their lives when he told them to allow us do our professional job. He told them to allow us access to whatever and whoever we needed to interview. At his command, we met everybody and spoke to them.

In his family house, AIT was offered drinks but AIT turned down food because AIT was working. AIT took pictures with his sister, nephews and nieces.

I have gone ahead to tell these two stories to show that we are fighting over nothing!!!!

Absolutely nothing!!!!

Whatever happened during the build-up to the elections were for that time and period.

Those ‘aggrieved’ have forgiven and let go.

‘Offenders’ are doing the right thing now because the era of campaigns and lies are over!

After reading these stories, I do not expect anybody to be aggrieved anymore because the principal players have probably forgotten all about what happened.

We have bigger problems on our hands, people. Bigger problems.

Our Chibok girls are still missing, our refineries, hospitals, rail systems, schools, our pensioners, infant and maternal mortality rates, power, security, etc.

Tell me, is it possible to drive a car on a high speed and be looking back at the same time? A few seconds on even the rear view mirror is recipe for disaster.

Friends, let’s keep our gaze on our mission.

Nigeria is bigger than any one of us.

God bless our dear country!

Lara Owoeye-Wise is a staff of African Independent Television (AIT)

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the writer.

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