by Akan Ido
The minister of finance and the coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has accused an online news publishing platform, SaharaReporters of carrying out a deliberate campaign of falsehood against her.
In a statement signed by Paul C. Nwabuikwu, the Special Adviser to the minister, Okonjo-Iweala, who was accused of being instrumental to the sack of Laurence Ani, the Saturday Editor of ThisDay Newspapers, said the story was fabricated and had no iota of truth in it.
According to her, the “story is the latest salvo in a campaign of falsehood which SaharaReporters has waged against the Coordinating Minister on behalf of its pay masters.”
Read excerpts of the statement below:
Saharareporters published a scurrilous and totally false story titled “Nigeria’s Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala Forced THISDAY Publisher to Sack Editor” on its website.
The report claimed that the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala called the Publisher of THISDAY Newspapers, Mr Nduka Obaigbena last Saturday to demand the sack of the Saturday Editor of the paper, Mr Laurence Ani over a story she was allegedly unhappy about.
It further alleged that as a result of the action, the editor was asked to go on compulsory leave.
The story is a total fabrication. The alleged conversation did not take place. In fact the minister was on a flight on her way back from the United States on the day in question. In other words, the details of the story do not exist outside the warped imagination of Saharareporters.
The Publisher of THISDAY has indicated his willingness to confirm that she did not at any time reach out to him on any such issue or make any such demands as alleged.
This story is the latest salvo in a campaign of falsehood which Saharareporters has waged against the Coordinating Minister on behalf of its pay masters.
We are certain that the campaign will fail because it is founded on falsehood and Nigerians can see through the antics of this disreputable medium.