Tribune Newspaper apologises to Ezekwesili over “Buhari’s sack” report

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili, former VP World Bank.

The management of African Newspapers of Nigeria, publishers of the Tribune stable, has apologized to a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, over a report claiming Mrs. Ezekwesili said President Muhammadu Buhari did not deserve his position.

The Sunday Tribune had reported that Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Buhari did not deserve to be president for neglecting the 2000 recruits of the Nigeria Immigration Service, who slept in the open at the entrance of Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja from Friday till Saturday, to protest the reversal of their employment.

Mrs. Ezekwesili denied making the comments.

The apology from the management of Tribune was conveyed to Mrs. Ezekwesili via a letter signed by the managing director and editor in chief of the newspaper, Edward Dickson.

“I write on behalf of the Management to express our deep regrets over the publication in the Sunday Tribune of 21st August, 2016 as captioned above and tender unreserved apology for whatever embarrassment which the publication may have caused your associates and members of your family,” the letter said.

“The publication was just an unfortunate error which was never intended to embarrass anyhow.”

Mrs. Ezekwesili commended the paper for the “uncommon but very professional decision” for not only recanting the story, but also apologizing to her.

She also reacted to comments made by President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu’s reaction to the false report credited to her.

Tribune had quoted Mr. Shehu as saying that if Mrs. Ezekwesili said the president did not deserve to be in office, she should set up a political party and run against him.

In her reaction, Mrs. Ezekwesili said, “on the basis of the fiction weaved together by a reporter, he let loose one of those now-very-common indecorous and rumor- inspired verbal assault from presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu”.

“While I thank the newspaper for toeing the path of honour, I hope Mallam Garba Shehu will also be decent enough to admit his error of judgement and tender an unreserved apology for his falsehood and unwarranted attacks at me,” she said.

Mrs. Ezekwesili said it was important not to lose sight of the fate of the Immigration recruits.

“These are Nigerians from across the country,” she said

She said she was drawn to their plight while driving past where they had congregated, and saw among them a friend and Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, colleague, Aisha Yesufu, who had taken up their cause.

“I spoke with them briefly and I had pleaded with the president to look into their matter,” she said.

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  • justice

    Can you see the level a newspaper can go to spread lies and propaganda. Tendering letter of apology is not enough, the reporter who concocted the news must be punished and sanctioned. How can we progress if a body we considered the fourth arms of government can be so corrupt to publish lies to discredit a sitting president.

    • abodes_124

      Firing squad at bar beach then or perharps beheading ?

    • JP

      Not only the reporter the big man who edited and gave final approval to the publication should join the labour market for gross incompetent.

  • Abdullah Musa

    Ezekwesile, why should president’s spokesperson apologise to you, did he originate the story?
    If any apology is needed it is from you who intends to benefit from the misfortune of others: Chibok girls, now Immigration.

    • Höly Wähala

      Aboki bastard, you have no common sense, illiteracy is your problem… This newspaper did not report the full assault from your arid cousin, Garba, so why conclude he doesn’t owe her an apology ? Clown!

      • Abdullah Musa

        I thank Allah who gave me parents who taught me not to insult others just because they expressed an opinion wherein nobody was insulted.
        If you have any common sense you should regret your existence.

        • delta K

          You mean your pervert Allah Muhammad burning in hell

          • serubawon70

            This your insane comment is your one way ticket to damnation

          • Abdullah Musa

            We pity him brother, see what lack of good home training brings.
            I just said the president’s spokesman needs not to apologise, but see the insults some are capable of.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Let me educate you:
            Allah to Muslims is what English men call God.
            Muhammad is His Prophet as believed by Muslims.
            Regrettably you are not a Muslim that is why you do not know good conduct.
            May Allah open your heart to accept Islam.

          • delta K

            Allah is a false goat god, Muhammad is a pervert burning in hell, my heart is with Christ

          • Abdullah Musa

            Your heart is not with Christ, for Christ employed no vile language.
            Try to control your emotions in whichever religion you are.
            Oby criticises others, so no harm intended when others criticise her.

          • delta K

            Oby is a whore and dog fu@k by ota baboons and midget alshita

  • Timothy

    Oby, the president media person did his job by not insulting you and only said if you feel he does not deserve the seat you should set up a party and run against him. However it is not an insult, but a challenge to see if you will do better on the seat of power. However I believe its neither Shehu’s fault neither is it your fault but simply the publishers of the newspaper not to verify their story before making it public. And then apart from Shehu a lot of Nigerians also reacted to your statement in bad faith based on what they read and its neither their fault too. Blame the paper and let them make it public the apology they wrote to you in all the dailies.

  • blueeyedkitten

    YOU DONT DESERVE ANY APOLOGY FROM THE PRESIDENT’S SPOKESMAN. HE USED THE WORD “IF” DIDNT HE? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN SEF!

    • Emeka

      You took the words out of my mouth, thank you! At least there are still many Nigerians who think through issues, before saying them, and you are one of them.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Sis, the word “if” as a pre-fix employed by public figures is usually a cop-out for not carrying out due diligence.

      I personally think Shehu Garba should have adopted the standard 36 hour gap to investigate the veracity of Tribune’s report before responding as he did.

      For we, the ordinary folks, who do not have access to State power for verifying claims, the word “if” carries less import.

      @GarbaShehu needs to be a professional and do the gentlemanly thing and retract his hasty response. Else, he stands accused of being no better than the infamous Okupe.

      • blueeyedkitten

        i dont agree with you on this. anyways, thanks.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Fair still, we won’t split hairs over the foibles of public figures.

          • blueeyedkitten

            yes, we wont.

  • Mufu Ola

    TRIBUNE need to train & retrain its reporters & editors.The paper have this tradition of carrying sensationally false news from time immemorial. The recent one was that of Prof Sagay.

  • C3kwe

    Oby connived with the Apc using Chibok girls to malign president Jonathan thinking that she will get appointment if buhari wins the election. Now she is under attack by her friends in the Apc and now the chickens has come back to roost, the saboteur is now on her own looking for apologies. Lol, you ain’t getting any.

  • C3kwe

    Kay my dear, I saw an opportunity.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      You are so polite.