NAN chief, Onanuga, attacks critics after dismissing reports of hardship as ‘propaganda’

Bayo-Onanuga

Veteran journalist and Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga, has hit back at Nigerians using various social media platforms to condemn him for suggesting reports of hardship in the country are mere propaganda.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mr. Onanuga had accused the media of “over-sensationalization”, and said “noisy” reports about hardship appeared to be a “mere propaganda”, “consistently and persistently” inflamed by those who lost the 2015 election.

The post angered many Nigerians who lambasted Mr. Onanuga for allegedly becoming insensitive to the plight of Nigerians after he had clinched political appointment.

Early Friday morning, Mr. Onanuga fired back at his critics, attacking “rampaging” social media users in Nigeria.

“Lynch-mob, cyber-hyenas, cyber-vandals, character assassins: this is the motley crowd that has seized Nigeria’s social media space, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram,” he said.

He continued, “It is a mob and functions like any other mob, pouncing on targets, remorselessly, twisting your words to achieve a preconceived end.

“The rampaging crowd in cyberspace is the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg and co have in mind in creating communication networks to link friends or people with common interests.

“Judging by my experience in the last 72 hours, I am no longer surprised why many decent people either closed their accounts on the various platforms or have become inactive.”

He said “no sane, decent person can truly condone the vicious band of assassins always on the prowl, looking for preys to desecrate and mutilate, all because the victims’ viewpoint does not tally with their jaundiced position”.

“I am sure that Zuckerberg will be mortified about how Nigerians have fouled his platform and Twitter. They are now nests of uncouth, ill-mannered, hate-filled Nigerians.”

He stressed that right to divergent opinions be respected, and took exception to “the unwarranted attacks against my child.”

One of the premises Mr. Onanuga cited in his post Tuesday to question the prevailing hardship in the country was his daughter’s flight experience.

“My daughter was on the Virgin Atlantic Flight that took off from Lagos to London today.

“I asked her to find out whether the plane was filled up or going to London near empty judging by the noisy campaign from a section of the country about the ‘hardship’ in our country.

“My daughter sent back this one-line text, after boarding: ‘daddy, the flight was filled up o’.

“This makes me to wonder whether all the seeming orchestrated campaign in the media was not mere propaganda to make the Buhari regime look really bad.”

He also said he found food prices are cheap contrary to reports, citing his experience in Bauchi and Jos hotels where he could buy food for about N700.

“On the roadside, I found to my surprise that with just N1000, I bought over 50 oranges, two giant watermelon and 10 pieces of sweet potato.

“I had experienced a similar thing in the market at Abuja, where I found that with N1, 400, I could make a big vegetable soup, with tomato, pepper and roasted Titus fish,” he added.

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  • Ayinde

    This is the transformation that happens when Nigerians get to power , they become insulated to the current realities in the Nation. Same is happening to the President, Garba Shehu, Adeshina and co…..Never mind its for a while let them enjoy it while it last.

    • 1952 Elderman

      @disqus_seQ1o2mZZW:disqus

      Bayo Onanuga is 100% wrong; and, this is why…….

      A good journalist is required
      to always tell the truth, regardless whose ox is gored. But Bayo Onanuga
      fails that simple honesty test when he said that in the context of Nigeria’s
      economic recession today, the complaints of hardship come from only ‘one
      section of Nigeria’. That is a lie! A journalist should not be so brazen in such
      reckless falsehood for the sake of worming his way as a sycophant into the
      mind of President Muhamadu Buhari.

      Second of all,
      Bayo Onanuga is not numerate and does not show any ability to add up
      figures in simple arithmetic. He said he took a meal in Jos, Plateau state,
      at 700 Naira and he cited that as proof positive that there’s no hardship
      in Nigeria but propaganda against Buhari’s regime. If only Bayo Onanuga
      were wise he’d understand that three [3[ meals make healthy living. If he’d
      adverted his mind, he’d realize that ₦2,100 on a person’s 3-square meals
      will be equivalent to ₦60,000 plus a month…just to eat.

      Whereas, on current public service graduate salary of ₦60,000 per month,
      numerous other existential needs; like housing, medicines, transport, school
      tuition and leisure, will all have to be forgone for an employed graduate in
      Nigeria, just to have three [3] meals a day. What else is hardship; if not
      such a dog’s life under the incompetent misrule of President Buhari?

    • No Comments

      ‘NIGERIA is now 14th hungriest country in the world’

      “WITH the current exchange rates, 70 per cent of Nigerians
      live on less than US$1 per day. Too few Nigerians are able to obtain
      enough food to live healthy and productive lives, so it is no surprise
      Nigeria is ranked the 14th most hungry nation out of 119 countries
      and 152nd out of 187 on the 2015 UNDP Human Development Index.

      With a Global Hunger Index (GHI)
      score of 32.8, which is only a marginal improvement over the last decade,
      Nigeria has steadily plunged in its GHI scores since 1990. The severity of
      hunger in the country remains serious as the nation failed to fulfil its
      commitment to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving hunger
      by 2015. Nigerians are rated as “seriously” hungry, by the 2015 GHI because
      of low scores in the four most crucial indicators of undernourishment,
      child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality.”

      ………….VANGUARD newspaper
      [September 9th, 2016]

      • Lolu Bright

        BAYO ONANUGA HAS LOST LEGITIMACY TO WRITE AGAIN FOR THE PUBLIC AS A JOURNALIST.

        • Ayinde

          I agree

      • Ayinde

        Please let Bay know this, Its important

    • Goke A.

      BAYO ONANUGA IS THE WORST
      INCOMPETENT AND MOST DISHONEST JOURNALIST NIGERIA HAS EVER HAD. HIS
      INCOMPETENCE LED HIM TO DISGRACE PRESIDENT BUHARI AS TELLING LIES ON
      ECONOMIC RECESSION WHICH BAYO SAYS DOES NOT ENTAIL ANY HARDSHIP AT ALL.

  • FuzzyLogic

    This is one more reason why CHANGE must start from the top. They are living in a bubble. They believe that the claims of the populace about hardship is politically driven. That is why this economic downturn will be around for a while. For how can they find a solution to it if they truly believe that it is the opposition that is stirring this up.

    • emmanuel

      We are trully in trouble, because those who manage the economy have not realised that there is problem. I was appalled yesterday when my teenage children returned from a Graduation ceremony at Redeemers University and the head of our economic team was there – he has practically attended all naming ceremonies, Graduation, book launch in the South West since he took office. I am yet to get news from artisans who celebrate their freedom if the man also come.
      True to my advice before he was sworn in that he would become a Tea drinker and Newspaper Reader at the Villa, Osinbajo has nothing doing, not even working to turn-around the dead economy. Anyway, Bayo don dey chop proceeds of Ministry of Information Budget with Liar, so he can mis-jive.
      Recall that Liar fought Ibim Seminitari during 2015 Presidential election campaign days because of the huge cash Amaechi released for the Information team, which the greedy Liar felt should be his for keep and sharing, A crook is a crook any day. Padding is their insulation from Nigerian current woes – EFCC watch out for BON, NAN, NTA, RN, etc for laundering of padding proceeds!

  • Suleiman

    This man is a shameless and faceless sycophant who ought not to be given any public space. These are the hooligans who get power and misuse it. A man with dignity ought to take a breather and process what he said and how people have reacted. Instead of that, this man still has the nerves to further insult Nigerians. These the garbage boys President Buhari brought in as so-called experts to help him rebuild the nation. No wonder, nothing is getting achieved by this government. With these sycophants, nothing really can be achieved! In civilized societies this man ought to have resigned or the president should have shown him the door.

    • Dejandon

      His comment about social media is now confirmed by you and some others now.

      Instead of marshalling your own facts, all you have done is calling him names.

      You can simply tell us how much N1,000 can buy in your side of the country as well as how you have found certain things to be pricey. Rather you offered no fact but just emotional rantings

      • emmanuel

        Have you responded to others who made valid points? The propaganda from APC has finally set the team on the path of destruction.
        Bayo thought he could stifle peoples opinion with PM News, sequel to his campaign via APC platform and that laid solid foundation for the fall of his group.
        He has now stepped on another wrong pedal. He would see how his so-called e-miscreants expose the proceeds of the Ministry of Information padding he now enjoys with his master.
        Trouble dey sleep, Yanga go wake am!

    • Otile

      This is typical Buhari’s Islamic APC way of doing things – with fo○lish arrogance and impunity.

  • Fadama

    He blundered and rather than take corrective measures, he is out dishing out nonsense lessons. He appears unkempt. Look through his nostrils for a start.

  • Martins

    These are the nonsensical fellows Lai Muhammed appointed along with Osita Okechukwu and Ishaq Modibbo Kawu to assist spread propaganda information around the nation. Now we understand why the ministry of information has a larger budget than that of Agriculture and Solid Minerals combined even with all the talk of economic diversification. According to this government, Nigerians should eat propaganda. Last week Lai Muhammed said only N85billion had been recovered from looters but this week Ameachi said over N3trillion was recovered. Where is the truth in all this? Yet we about to borrow from overseas.

    • Dejandon

      Please read my comment below

    • Walter Debosky

      Bros,i think say na only me see that thing ooo,this change be like 419 oo

  • linkhadj.

    Bayo Onanuga, Nigerians are now ” uncouth, ill-mannered and hate-filled”? No problem! We are keeping all these posts for future references. You will not be holding that office for ever. We can now see why this country has not progressed under this Government. With Buhari surrounding himself with this kind of sycophantic bigots, the ” Change must start with me ” programme is deceiptfull and should be changed to “Change must start from above”.

    • Walter Debosky

      Another Abati in the making!

  • Rommel

    The only sensible response from the lynch mob crew would be to counter what this man said with costs of staples in and around every one of you,tell us the prices and not insults

    • emmanuel

      If you say Buhari is part of your perceived lynch mob, good for you. Because he has used every forum in recent days to ask Nigerians to endure the hardship.
      According to you and Onanuga, things are very rosy here and that is why Kemi is going out to borrow money? scums!

      • Rommel

        Are you a human being? so borrowing is now your new evidence that things are difficult in Nigeria, what is the price of orange in your hood and this is your answer? when Jonathan was borrowing during oil boom even to fund his arms purchase scams,did you feel then that things were hard?

        • emmanuel

          Did you hear Kemi’s reason for going a-borrowing? must you identify yourself with Lucifer the father of lies? I suppose i am talking to a people who read and may have read Kemi’s script on her new borrowing gale.
          You are a low human and your senses seem just a little above people with cerebral palsy, so you want your readers to think in half measure? hmmmm, why did they structure cut off mark at two over four hundred for Northern Nigeria admission to institutions of higher learning?
          Your intransigent response has confirmed a half baked literate!

          • blueeyedkitten

            you’ve surpassed the meaning of stupidity. honestly, i feel sorry for you.

          • emmanuel

            Una neva see anything? You people used all kind of monikers to deride GEJ, in his last days in office and think people should do otherwise for a team that has caused more woes than what Nigerians experienced during the civil war?
            He who kill by the sword also die by the sword.
            Make you sorry for your self – blue eyed cat? no wonder, na you be the black cat wen nor allow people sleep for night when Jonathan dey office.
            Evil spirit, no fish for cat to eat gain o. make you go take some monkey tail clear your eye so that e go white.
            Omo ale!

    • Obiayo

      True. These days it’s difficult for one to take a definite position on things for fear of insults that might be hurled at one. Argumentum ad hominem has now become the norm for most Nigerians.

      • emmanuel

        You are right, that is what happen when a people rule by propaganda.
        Let me tell you, performance have indicators and there is usually no need for embellishments, as lies never stand the test of time.
        Nobody would hound anyone if the Naira exchanges for one US Dollar, but will make a silly grand standing if anyone say the Naira that is almost an equivalent of toilet tissue paper today is the strongest in Africa and decide to stand by such lies and deceit.
        See my children giggle when they read the propaganda churned out daily, they would say, ah ah why would these old people mess themselves with such cheap lies?

  • emmanuel

    Bayo has just said Buhari is a Liar, because Buhari has asked Nigerians to try cope with the hardship. So he is saying that Buhari is screaming hardship because he was defeated? There sre too many st**id people in APC and they are all inconsistent.
    @martins has given highlights on Federal Ministry of Information being bigger than two or three other ministries. then we can rightly explain why Liar Mohammed was exposed when he went to BON to collect money recently – proceeds of padding. That case needs to be re-opened and investigated.
    Onanuga, is a fraud, i have been appalled by his very unkempt nostril and did not want to talk about it until @ Fadama mentioned it.
    His soul is also very dirty! Ask him about the state of PM News – Osi agbalagba!

  • Savenaija

    Nawaoh, this man is really not a Nigerian. So he now uses the number of people boarding plane to juxtapose the economic situation in Nigeria. We are really govern by educated fools.

    • No Comment

      ‘NIGERIA is now 14th hungriest country in the world’

      “WITH the current exchange rates, 70 per cent of Nigerians
      live on less than US$1 per day. Too few Nigerians are able to obtain
      enough food to live healthy and productive lives, so it is no surprise
      Nigeria is ranked the 14th most hungry nation out of 119 countries
      and 152nd out of 187 on the 2015 UNDP Human Development Index.

      With a Global Hunger Index (GHI)
      score of 32.8, which is only a marginal improvement over the last decade,
      Nigeria has steadily plunged in its GHI scores since 1990. The severity of
      hunger in the country remains serious as the nation failed to fulfil its
      commitment to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving hunger
      by 2015. Nigerians are rated as “seriously” hungry, by the 2015 GHI because
      of low scores in the four most crucial indicators of undernourishment,
      child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality.”

      ………….VANGUARD newspaper
      [September 9th, 2016]

  • emmanuel

    What use is a basket of tomatoes if sold for N500.00 to a man who is owed salaries for nine months or the CEO of a budding company who cannot source legitimate funds to pay down on foreign bills for collection outstanding for one year and his business has grounded; bank loan gone bad and no where to survive from anymore?
    Even in Greece, people still trouped out for vacation in the summer that ended few weeks ago. Does that mean the life in Greece for their majority is sweet? Bayo’s PM News has been abandoned by visitors because he engaged in blocking dissenting voices and we warned him. Now, the adverts are no more coming and he cannot block Nigerians from social media netwroks, so body dey pepper am.
    Let him go ask SR too, we don waka leave SR and the patronage too has drooped. Censor visitors and kill your business.

    • Lanre

      Ibrahim Babangida once said and I paraphrase “Every Nigerian has a price.” That is why we are where we are today. Everybody wants to talk like Bayo Onanuga. “My daughter is in London” or “When I met the Minister on the flight from Germany……” or “I will send a note to the Governor for the Job Interview” or “How much is $500.00 to me.” That is why we are where we are today. Let us continue to watch how long this can go on for.

  • General Sam Bockerie

    Bayo Onanuga like Lai mohammed needs deliverance from Pastor T.B Joshua

    • S.Grundy

      @generalsambockerieakamosquito:disqus

      If President Buhari wants continuance
      and stability for his government he should fire Bayo Onanuga right now.
      If Bayo Onanuga remains on the job beyond today, President Buhari will be
      implicated as speaking through Bayo Onanuga whom he appointed into N.A.N
      without intellectual or ethically obvious merits. It takes one irresponsible person
      like this so-called Bayo Onanuga to define a government he belongs and cause
      public wrath to form against that government. President Buhari’s best option is
      to sack Bayo Onanuga immediately and distance his already wobbly government
      from Bayo Onanuga’s future outrages.

      • FuzzyLogic

        Bayo Onanuga is a muslim and so is eminently qualified to occupy that position.

      • Otile

        Ebee kwanu? Imam is not going fire him, Imam Mohamed himself does not know any better.

        • actioncongress

          BAYO ONANUGA MUST GO FOR BRINGING PRESIDENT BUHARI TO NATIONAL DISGRACE.

  • Chinedu

    I think the major problem with many Nigerians especially the youth is idleness and lack of proper culture assimilation. Mr Onanuga stated his facts and I believe him. For me we should find our way to all sorts of agricultural practice no matter how small. They all add up.

    • Rumournaire

      I agree with you. He stated his facts, and I have not read anyone contradict those facts. Instead, what I have read are emotional outbursts not backed by any logic. I have traveled abroad three times in the last six months, and I can say confidently that the story of half-empty planes is untrue. I recently read an article in a UK newspaper claiming that shops in Nigeria are empty – “no bread, no milk, no sugar”, etc. It made me wonder if they were writing about the same Nigeria I live in, because I have not seen any queues for any of those things at any shop. Then it occurred to me that there are lots of paid writers out there – paid to paint a negative picture of Nigeria to achieve political ends.

      A lot of media noises are politically motivated. As I write this, there is a campaign by a section of the Petroleum Marketers Association claiming that N145/litre for PMS is no longer sustainable. Yet, today, I bought PMS at N140/litre at a station in Lagos – and there was no queue there at all. A friend told me he bought at N139/litre at another station in Lagos. So who is lying?

      The only point Mr Onanuga failed to make is the fact that failure of several state governments to pay salaries has caused hardship for many families. It has nothing to do with APC or PDP – it is simply the consequence of over-dependence on oil revenue. But the bright side is that the hardship is forcing many to go back to the farms.

      I wish Nigerians, especially online commentators, would step back and put some more reasoning into what they write instead of writing purely out of emotion every time.

      • Otile

        You are a big sycophant.

        • Rumournaire

          My dear friend Otile, you are here again. Why would I be a sycophant? What favour do I want from Bayo – whom I don’t even know – to warrant my “supporting” his statements? Absolutely nothing. I simply looked at his statements and could testify that many of them are true – from a factual standpoint?

          I simply focus on facts, not sentiments. The man made some statements of fact, and I would like to see people disprove those statements. Why can we not just focus on the facts and stop commenting out of emotions?

          • Otile

            My friend you cannot see a plane full of people from Nigeria to London and draw a conclusion that Nigerians are not suffering starvation. You cannot judge from a few food items in one or two places and generalize that food is cheap in the country. Buying into Bayo’s deceptive propaganda makes you appear naive. I thought you had better logic than what you displayed here. Ubanjigi.

          • Rumournaire

            Otile, I didn’t say there is no hardship – please read my posts again. I said, for example, that things are hard for those owed salaries for months – and I have relatives in that situation. You would note that my very first response to Bayo’s post criticised him for not recognising the hardship brought about by non-payment of salaries. What I said is that some of the statements people make as indicators of hardship are not true. I gave the example of a UK newspaper that claimed that there is no bread, milk or sugar in Nigerian shops – all to create an impression. We have also read in the media of claims of empty planes flying out of Nigeria. That is also not a true statement. We do not have to falsify the picture to make our point.

            You see, we all know that Nigeria is not doing well in the area of corruption. The TI survey shows Nigeria as the #32 most corrupt country out of 168. One fellow who wanted to exaggerate created a partial list of the countries in the ranking – a partial list that starts with Nigeria as the worst-ranked, and then published a story with the headline: “Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world”. Can you see the kind of falsification I mean?

            Tough as the situation is, don’t miss the point in my posts – a point that I believe shows the strength of Nigerians: We are being more creative than ever before. You probably read Pat Utomi’s recent speech where he said he prays that the oil price stays low as that is the only way to force us to think of new ways of surviving apart from oil. That process is bound to be painful, but it is the only way that promises long-term survival. That is the change Venezuelans can’t handle and they are instead crossing their borders to beg for food.

            I follow what is happening in the global oil industry, and I can assure you that it is bad for every economy that relies mostly on oil for survival. 80% of drilling rigs in Texas are now stacked up, idle, and their owners have laid off the workers. Those workers have the safety net of Social Security. But we don’t in Nigeria. Creativity is the name of the game – the kind of creativity that saw our indomitable Igbo brothers through the war.

          • emmanuel

            Government run schools in Onanuga’s own Ogun State now issue results written with ink on plain sheet – fact?

      • Braun

        I bought a bag of rice 21,000 last week. Last year, it was 8,000. And that is a fact. Ask anyone.

        • Rumournaire

          I don’t think anyone suggests that there is no inflation in the country. Even the Federal Office of Statistics (FOS) acknowledges that our inflation now runs (conservatively) at 17.1%. Let’s get it clear: When your currency loses its value, anything imported becomes more expensive. So, if you bought a bag of imported rice for N8,000 early last year when $1=$200, you can expect to pay at least twice that amount today when rice importers procure their forex at $1=N420 from the black market. It is simple arithmetic.

          If you had been eating Nigeria-grown rice, you would not be paying twice what you paid last year. You get it? So, move over to Nigeria-grown rice and make your life easier! Grow tomatoes in those flower pots and small gardens around your house and stop buying tomatoes at N2,000 a basket!

          Bayo has not suggested that there is no inflation. All he has said is that the situation is exaggerated – and I agree with him. However, the hardship is driving many into creativity – and that is what we should be talking about. Lamenting the hardship does not solve any problem.

          • Braun

            So, I should become a subsistence farmer because someone in villa won’t think! Maybe I should grow my own palm trees too ( even my current topograghy won’t allow that), my own rice too, my yams, my beans, my cassava, my ogbonno, rear my cows etc. Yes, all of them. Even if I were in the village! Go give this advice to someone in London and watch them laugh in your face. Stop padding a failed government please.

          • Rumournaire

            I would like to ask you: What are your concrete suggestions for moving the country forward, especially out of the current hardship? I trust you recognise that simply criticising the government does not solve any problem.

          • emmanuel

            number one solution, disband Buhari and his team. They know nothing about governance and have nothing to offer.
            The head of economic team is busy attending naming ceremonies, freedom for artisans, graduation parties when the country is dead?
            Who will listen to the solution, you, Kemi or Onanuga who think that life is sweet by the number of people who travel by Air?

          • Rumournaire

            “Disband Buhari and his team”? How do you do that? I doubt if that is a practical solution.

            Too many of us wrongly assume we must have access to the powers that be for our suggestion to have an impact. If all of us active in online fora start to suggest ways forward, we would be providing PMB and his team with more ideas to consider. And don’t assume that he never considers those ideas. A classical case is the fact that he did not think that Naira devaluation helps in any way. But he heard those who should know say that we would not attract foreign investment as long as the Naira stayed artificially high. Eventually, he balked and allowed it.

            So, give your realistic and practical suggestions. They may just strike the right chord in the right quarters!

      • emmanuel

        Oookayyyy, what has made the cost of acquiring properties cheaper today and people are unable to buy? Prospering economy?
        Only i**ots reason like you and Bayo.
        There is grave danger when certain basic goods are cheap and people cannot afford. By the way, when the rains are over and the Dams dry up, harvest is over then you would know that we are in a very grave state of depression and not even recession!

        • Rumournaire

          I note it was you “emmanuel” that, in another thread, used abusive language. I encourage you to be civil in these online conversations. Focus on issues. You can hold a different view from others, but that is not a reason to insult them.

          In my post above, I did point out that non-payment of salaries has caused hardship for many families. I had made the same point in my previous comment on Bayo’s original post. A family whose bread-winner has not received a salary for six months has no buying power, regardless of the price of the goods. So that explains why people may be unable to buy what is cheap.

          However, I also see that, around where I live, many people – even those you would consider “comfortable” have taken advantage of the small gardens around their houses to grow tomatoes and vegetables. They no longer have to buy a basket of tomatoes for N2,000 or whatever. Recently, I visited a family member in one of the middle-belt states. He is a civil servant who also has not been paid for months. He told me the only food his family buys is salt – they grow other foods and have a poultry. That is what the hardship brings.

          I maintain that while there is hardship largely occasioned by non-payment of salaries and overall GDP decline, there is considerable exaggeration in the media. I request you to please go over the points made by Bayo and prove them to be false rather than insulting people out of emotion. You cannot challenge the fact that I bought petrol today for N140/litre – it is a personal fact. Don’t join the crowd in emotional wailing not backed by facts.

          • emmanuel

            Oga, i have clients some of whom may commit suicide owing to strangulation of their business by obnoxious FX policies and inept leadership. I have client whose properties worth more than N28 billion scattered across Nigeria are on the verge of being taken over by Banks on no fault of theirs, but FG refusal to pay debt owed them, coupled with accrued interest. I know someone whose Rice Mill project has been stalled and Bank Loan running owing to poor government policies.
            Are all those caused by non-payment of salaries?
            When you offend peoples sensitivities, do you expect them to be civil? No.
            A hungry man, they say is an angry man. I am angry, because i am hungry – paying my staff and running normal bills is a problem and i am owed and cannot force my money out.
            Which is better, for me to solicit for violent insurrection or to abuse one who offend my sensibility?

    • Otile

      Is that the change Imam Mohamed promised us?

  • Sylvanus Ikhide

    Opinions on PMB vary depending on what your purpose is. There are religious pundits and tribal jingoists who will never see any good in the man or the administration he heads. We have political opponents who have chosen to be blind to the structural changes taking place in the economy which to some of us must of necessity be painful but followed through will bring about a lasting solution to our problems of many decades. Then of course we have the plain ignorant about the workings of the economy. To such people we must continue as if we are still selling crude at $100 per barrel. What I still cannot understand is where the Nigerian press belong! Anyone can criticise anybody. I can coach the Super eagles even though I cannot remember when last I kicked a ball! This administration has made a few mistakes sometimes costly. But generally, we must learn that commodity booms do not last forever; we must learn that running deficit budgets on capital expenditure to build infrastructure must lead to inevitable but desirable inflation; withholding (or non-existent) foreign exchange from importation of rice which can be cultivated at home will cause hunger in the short run; stopping subsidy on petrol will lead to a rise in the pump price in the short run. PMB has a choice. He can decide to listen to the hue and cry and reverse his policies-we are so used to policy reversals in Nigeria, or continue with the economic reforms. I pray he takes the right decision because failure to do so will spell doom for this nation. Bayo, absorb it-name calling is part of our game!

    • emmanuel

      Please tell un what phases are the Car Assembly, ancillary parts manufacture began by last administration, the Rive incentive programme, e-wallet fertiliser, Fish production/import quota, Agricultural produce designated Airports, etc?
      Abi na to plan a vague and unworkable budget which they told us will not run two weeks after signing be economic programme?
      Construction companies are still pretending to have started work, when actual monies are yet to be released to them. So na which sector they receive the economic attention so? Abi na the Nickel wen them say will drive Nigeria economy from the recent find, which has been confirmed is not of economic quantity?

    • Short & Sharp

      APC IS A COALITION OF ILLITERATES; AND, BAYO ONANUGA IS THE BEST MUSLIM THINKER IN APC.

    • FuzzyLogic

      Waiting for 9 months to appoint ministers that everyone knows to run your government in a collapsing economy is part of the structural readjustment. Squandering your foreign reserve to defend the Naira and caving in at the last moment must be part of that structural readjustment. Right? Surrounding yourself with no-nothing experts must also be one of those adjustments that will yield mammoth benefits.
      You must be living in fools paradise if you think that garbage in will not equal garbage out.

  • BoT

    Bayo Onanuga has finally lost it! His latest outburst has put paid to all doubts as to his degree of sanity. And to all those of you on this thread, looking for analyses or counter-analysis on how the suffering of the Nigerian masses, you can as well wait for ever with your heads buried in the sands like the Ostrich. None shall be given!

    • okeyrika

      Those whom BUHARI wants to make mad he firstly lets them steal public funds to then talk nonsense!.

      • Celestine Onuoha

        @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

        Is Bayo Onanuga the only misfit?
        Look, my friend there are so many misfits inside Buhari government.
        Plenty. Not just one person. Why do you mention only Bayo Onanuga?
        How about Abike Dabiri? What does she know about foreign policy issue?
        President Buhari just appoints all sorts of stand up comedians as officials.
        Why will there not be recession, when Buhari’s appointees are all dullards?
        You cannot run a good government with mediocre people like those ones.
        If you look very well you will see that all these appointees are Muslims too.

  • FreeNigeria

    This Onanuga man continued to show his ignorance by continuing to speak when he’s supposed to be burying his ugly head in shame. Nigeria is truly in trouble with people like Onanuga running any agencies.

    • Lanre

      He still hasn’t cleaned his nose. A man that cannot clean his nose is running a News/Information Management Agency. That is Nigeria for you.

      • FuzzyLogic

        LOL. Boy you went for the jugular.

  • Martins

    These are the nonsensical fellows Lai Muhammed appointed along with Osita Okechukwu (DG Voice of Nigeria) and Ishaq Modibbo Kawu (DG National Broadcasting Commission) to assist spread propaganda information around the nation. Now we understand why the ministry of information has a larger budget than that of Agriculture and Solid Minerals combined even with all the talk of economic diversification. According to this government, Nigerians should eat propaganda. Last week Lai Muhammed said only N85billion had been recovered from looters but this week Ameachi said over N3trillion was recovered. Where is the truth in all this? Yet we about to borrow from overseas..

  • Burning Spear

    I do not know where in the world this unrepentant Hail Hitler of Bingo Buhari–actually got his inspirations as a writer from–Maybe from Aisha Buhari———-ati Dangote———–who knows————But methinks his must have come from late Augustine Aikhomo who once declared that Nigerian who cannot afford a bag of Garri or Amala should travel to their villages and buy one—–That Garri was cheaper in the villages than Lagos—————–He never told us how much it cost to travel to Komo waterside where I hail from in the creeks of the Niger delta—-A place which can only be reached by dug-out canoe!!!!!!!!!!-That comment by Aikhomo, almost brought the government of IBB down————Onanuga a very thrifty Ijebu man-who hardly ever spends his money carelessly, was among those whom the Apes in APC paid to write articles to insult former President Jonathan—— Then Nigerians did not call him–a man with a (Lynch-mob, mentality or a cyber-hyena, cyber-vandal, character assassin: or that he was part of the motley crowd that were hired to seize Nigeria’s social media space, on Facebook–Twitter or Instagram,” to insult Jonathan——–But praised to the heavens——-by the Tinubus and Buharis—–whenever he wrote to pull Jonathan down——
    He was allowed like other mobs, to pounce on his target Jonathan, without showing any sign of remorse, twisting his words to achieve a preconceived end for the Apes in APC that hired him.

    “The rampaging crowd under him led by Liar Mohamed were all over cyberspace–and were extensively quoted by the Premium Times, Punch, Vanguards ati Sahara Reporters. Then these animals were not regarded as the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg and co had in mind when they created communication networks for the CIA to link friends or people with common POLITICAL interests for the Western world—————those who reside in glass houses biko! do not throw stone———-9jas are dying under the rule of Buhari————————-without smiling———–That is why we urgently need a helper to Save us from the draconian rule of Bingo Fulani Buhari——and the Yoruba gladiators like Onanuga ati Obj—————animals.

    • Sean

      ONANUGA is a thrifty Ijebuman, thanks gracious you know that but where are you from with your different maddening monikers!

      • persona

        the NAN boss missed one label, cyber chameleon. The rate at which our dear bros replicates here, I can call him cyber Ebola sef.

      • emmanuel

        Ijebu people are natural liars in the first place. No one would ever believe them if they keep claiing they are Yorobbers, when the truth is that you are run-away Sudenese slaves.
        Abi na me talk am?
        Why would someone not call white ; black if he has that kind of descent? I beg nor bring anoda matter here o!

  • Sean

    GOD BLESS YOU ONANUGA, BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE NOT REPLIED TO THESE NON NIGERIANS OR IRRELEVANT ONES. TRUE NIGERIANS KNOW WHATS AT STAKE AND THAT OUR ECONOMY CAN NOT BE FIXED OVERNIGHT AS NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH BAD ECONOMY WAS FIXED UNDER A YEAR OR BARELY A YEAR. LET PDP AND THE FELLOW IGBO AND NIGER DELTA LOOTERS RANT AND SHOUT, THEY MAY TWIST AND SHOUT BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE ALL HOPELESS AND LOOKING FOR NIGERIA TO COLLAPSE SO AS TO JUSTIFY THEIR EVIL DESIRE LACED WITH FRUSTRATION. YOURE A PROPER AND ORIGINAL YORUBA MAN WITH STRONG ROOTS, IGNORE THOSE IMBECILES, SOCIAL MEDIA IS WHAT THEYRE EXCITED BOUT, BLOODY OPPORTUNISTS! SHIOR!’

    • Burning Spear

      How many Hours did it take IBB to end the Queue Culture for Essential Commodities—Rice–Cooking Oil—Milk –Sugar—Amala—Garri——-and Yam which Buhari introduced during his dirty Satanic two years rule? The Long queues vanished——-JUST—–Minutes after Buhari was locked up in Benin Prison by IBB–after his sack———————-How Nigerians foolishly fell for this monster is still a mystery to me——————–given his luciferic record of stealing from the masses——-and not caring whether they died or lived——————————provided he is able to send our food items to Fulani boko haram fighters-in Somalia and Mali

    • musa aliyu

      Bless you dear. You made my day!!!

    • emmanuel

      Strong root? Ijebus are Sudanese run-away slaves. So na which one be strong root? consolation.
      UN, USA, UK, The Economist, Bloomberg, The Guardian Uk, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Indian investors, Chinese Investors all have the same verdict – Buhari has killed Nigerian. So which one you wan tell us?
      They are neo colonialist abi?

    • Alexis J

      “TRUE NIGERIANS KNOW WHATS AT STAKE AND THAT OUR ECONOMY CAN NOT BE FIXED OVERNIGHT AS NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH BAD ECONOMY WAS FIXED UNDER A YEAR OR BARELY A YEAR”.
      U don’t get it. Onanuga is saying the economy is not really bad and u are here talking about fixing a bad economy. U are actually contradicting him and not corroborating him. If u so much desire to support him, I advise u wait for the right opportunity.

      • emmanuel

        Thank you. He has fallen prey of his concern when he showed up here in the afternoon. This is the hallmark of leading by propaganda.
        contradiction, cover up, more lies and mumu lies!

    • UOU

      Igbos will continue to be your headache until you are consumed

  • TininiTanana

    Hahahaaaa …now you know? What goes around, comes around! Abeg enjoy your Dose of The News and PM News cyberspace crowd. Lol

  • vagabonds in power

    I do not know where in the world this unrepentant Hail Hitler of Bingo Buhari–actually got his inspirations as a writer from–Maybe from Aisha Buhari———-ati Dangote———–who knows————But methinks his must have come from late Augustine Aikhomo who once declared that Nigerian who cannot afford a bag of Garri or Amala should travel to their villages and buy one—–That Garri was cheaper in the villages than Lagos—————–He never told us how much it cost to travel to Komo waterside where I hail from in the creeks of the Niger delta—-A place which can only be reached by dug-out canoe!!!!!!!!!!-That comment by Aikhomo, almost brought the government of IBB down————Onanuga a very thrifty Ijebu man-who hardly ever spends his money carelessly, was among those whom the Apes in APC paid to write articles to insult former President Jonathan—— Then Nigerians did not call him–a man with a (Lynch-mob, mentality or a cyber-hyena, cyber-vandal, character assassin: or that he was part of the motley crowd that were hired to seize Nigeria’s social media space, on Facebook–Twitter or Instagram,” to insult Jonathan——–But praised to the heavens——-by the Tinubus and Buharis—–whenever he wrote to pull Jonathan down——

    He was allowed like other mobs, to pounce on his target Jonathan, without showing any sign of remorse, twisting his words to achieve a preconceived end for the Apes in APC that hired him.

    • musa aliyu

      So, to cut your verbosity short, because onanuga attacked your principal it is now your turn to take your pound of flesh?

      • emmanuel

        Onanuga did not attack anybody with his first twitter post that brought shame upon him. He overturned truth and that was what angered Nigerians.
        Please tell us who he attacked, child of the bond-woman?

  • Oracle

    Onanuga! New image maker for the failing or failed government.
    Woe unto them that see evil but call it good.

    • Tanko Maihula

      ANOTHER CHARACTER ASSASSIN.

  • thusspokez

    “The rampaging crowd in cyberspace is the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg and co have in mind in creating communication networks to link friends or people with common interests.

    Mark Zuckerberg did not invent the social media Mr. Onanuga.

  • thusspokez

    Lynch-mob, cyber-hyenas, cyber-vandals, character assassins: this is the motley crowd that has seized Nigeria’s social media space, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram,” he said. about

    Nigerians don’t use logic to try to win arguments; they use name-calling, insults, braggadocio, and think that insult can be substitute for argument as Onanuga response would indicate — in typical Nigerian response style.

    • Tanko Maihula

      ABSOLUTELY CORRECT

  • GbemigaO

    Shameless dirty man !

  • Olori Magege

    Please what did Bayo Onanuga say in this his response? Nothing. Just want to impress with grammar and to
    associate with fb CEO

  • Buhari d daft cow.

    U are just a gormless & a useless pork.

    • emmanuel

      oga o. Make you take am easy with oyibo. ahhhhh, only one man?

  • vagabonds in power

    I do not know where in the world this unrepentant Hail Hitler of Bingo Buhari–actually got his inspirations as a writer from–Maybe from Aisha Buhari—–Tinubu—–ati Dangote———–who knows————But methinks his must have come from late Augustine Aikhomo who once declared that Nigerian who cannot afford a bag of Garri or Amala should travel to their villages and buy one—–That Garri was cheaper in the villages than Lagos—————–He never told us how much it cost to travel to Komo waterside where I hail from in the creeks of the Niger delta—-A place which can only be reached by dug-out canoe!!!!!!!!!!———-Cause it is not reachable by any type of Oyibo vehicle———–It is water water everywhere but none for me people to sip—–or soak Garri with————–Sadly-that unthinking comment by Aikhomo, almost brought the government of IBB down————Onanuga a very thrifty Ijebu man-who hardly ever spends his money carelessly, was among those whom the Apes in APC paid to write articles to insult former President Jonathan—— Then Nigerians did not call him–a man with a (Lynch-mob, mentality or a cyber-hyena, cyber-vandal, character assassin: or that he was part of the motley crowd that were hired to seize Nigeria’s social media space, on Facebook–Twitter or Instagram,” to insult Jonathan——–But often praised to the high heavens——-by the Tinubus who won mopre than 3 Jets– ati the Buharis—–whenever he wrote to pull Jonathan down——

    He was allowed like other mobs, to pounce on his target Jonathan, without showing any sign of remorse, twisting his words to achieve a preconceived end for the Apes in APC that hired him. Today he is no longer himself—because he decided to turn reason upsiode down for his own selfish end of working to settle his paymasters from yonder country—————-Sadly for us he is a Yoruba man——————–one of those who sold MKO and his wife to the Fulanis———————–How much did he pay for his Holy daughters flight ticket to London———————–how much is the average take home pay of workers in his state——How many months salaries are they being owned now——————————-when were they paid last———————–when————when will the next salary trickle down to them——from Aso rock—————-when

    • Tanko Maihula

      one of the cyber-hyenas and character assassins.

  • vagabonds in power

    I do not know where in the world this unrepentant Hail Hitler of Bingo Buhari–actually got his inspirations as a writer from–Maybe from Aisha Buhari—–Tinubu—–ati Dangote———–who knows————But methinks his must have come from late Augustine Aikhomo who once declared that Nigerian who cannot afford a bag of Garri or Amala should travel to their villages and buy one—–That Garri was cheaper in the villages than Lagos—————–He never told us how much it cost to travel to Komo waterside where I hail from in the creeks of the Niger delta—-A place which can only be reached by dug-out canoe!!!!!!!!!!———-Cause it is not reachable by any type of Oyibo vehicle———–It is water water everywhere but none for me people to sip—–or soak Garri with————–Sadly-that unthinking comment by Aikhomo, almost brought the government of IBB down————Onanuga a very thrifty Ijebu man-who hardly ever spends his money carelessly, was among those whom the Apes in APC paid to write articles to insult former President Jonathan—— Then Nigerians did not call him–a man with a (Lynch-mob, mentality or a cyber-hyena, cyber-vandal, character assassin: or that he was part of the motley crowd that were hired to seize Nigeria’s social media space, on Facebook–Twitter or Instagram,” to insult Jonathan——–But often praised to the high heavens——-by the Tinubus who owns more than 3 Jets– ati the Buharis—wuith their mansions in Asokoro–whenever he wrote to pull Jonathan down——

    He was allowed like other mobs, to pounce on his target Jonathan and his wife Dame, without showing any sign of remorse, twisting his words to achieve a preconceived end for the Apes in APC that hired him. Today he is no longer himself—because he decided to turn his sense of reasoning upside down for his own selfish end of working to settle his paymasters from yonder country—————-Sadly for us he is a Yoruba man——————–one of those who sold MKO and his wife Kudirat to the Fulanis———————–How much did he pay for his Holy daughters flight ticket to London———————–how much is the average take home pay of workers in his state——How many months salary are they being owned now——————————-when were they paid last———————–when————when will the next salary trickle down to them——from Aso rock—-to Ogun state————when-Only Onanuga can tell——–animals

  • Darlington

    Bayo is an insufferable hypocrite and opportunist!

  • emmanuel

    “Schools owned and run by the Ogun State government are now issuing their students report cards written on plain sheets of papers; SaharaReporters has found out. “This is a ridiculous development,” said a parent of one of the pupils in a state-run school. She was one of several parents who criticized the practice, voicing deep concern for their children’s academic future.

    Among the schools in Ogun State that issued such report cards, obtained by our correspondent, is Abeokuta Grammar School, a venerable institution attended by numerous prominent Nigerians. Our correspondent obtained a sample of a report card showing a student’s percentage in an examination, the class the student was promoted to, and school resumption date. The school stamp is conspicuously displayed on the sheet of paper”.

    Lifted post

    This is Bayo Onanuga’s state

  • Jossy

    Join the discussion…Join the discussion…Mr Onanuga just stated the obvious.In my opinion these cyber goats are joblessly jobless.Ohh lest i 4get,some dasuki and dezianis loot was used to buy bulk data for them to use in fooling themselves.They claim to be hungry yet spend 24/7 online??UNPRODUCTIVE NONENTITIES

    • emmanuel

      what is unproductive about raising voices to shapen Nigeria failed state?
      Hunger is relative. It is your shame to know that Obama as busy as he is has so many facebook friends in far away Nigeria and still has time to relate to them. so what is the 24/7 spent online. Do you think all Nigerians are paid workers? or all who visit online news media are paupers?
      deluded sycophant.
      Some people’s business are mainly conducted online, so are Do not think like a slave in the twenty first century!

  • Jossy

    Join the discussion…Mr Onanuga just stated the obvious.In my opinion these cyber goats are joblessly jobless.Ohh lest i 4get,some dasuki and dezianis loot was used to buy bulk data for them to use in fooling themselves.They claim to be hungry yet spend 24/7 online??UNPRODUCTIVE NONENTITIES

    • Santa Domingoes

      DEAR EDITOR,

      This is a bad day for journalism in Nigeria. Bayo Onanuga said (above)
      he’d only expressed an opinion (that the complaints of hardship in Nigeria’s worsening
      economic recession are mere propaganda). It’s a bad day that a supposed Managing
      (or damaging?) Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) does not understand
      English language. What Bayo Onanuga made is a factual assertion provable by
      facts and figures, not a personal opinion dependent on his value judgment. ‘How
      could President Buhari appoint such a creature as MD of Nigeria’s News Agency?’
      immediately occurred to me.

      President Buhari can’t say he means well by appointing the dregs of
      society to rule over their intellectual superiors. The tail must not wag the
      dog. If Nigerians want to save their country they will either have to change
      President Buhari or demand Buhari change his ways of enabling semi-literates as
      public officials on the sole basis of being Muslims. Nigeria has far better
      endowed communicators than such a stuttering Bayo Onanuga.

    • Nobody’sPuppet

      You and that your sell out Onanuga or whatever he’s called are also in the company of joblessly jobless? What are you doing if you are not damn jobless. And what was he doing on social media if he was not jobless in his duty post? Why would he not be insulted by making light of all the plight the people the country are going through? He sees no problem with the situation of Nigeria because he can steal and collect bribe to send his daughter away to London at the expense of the entire population. God will punish them and all those who support their evil deeds.

  • Tanko Maihula

    Mr. Onanuga, says nothing but the truth, regardless of whatever anybody will say, no sane person will waste his time by joining the crowd of cyber-hyenas, and character assassins in competition of abuses and name calling by sami-literate.

    • Nobody’sPuppet

      If he says the truth you will have peace but if the greater part of the population is suffering because of the wickedness and greed of our leaders, you and Onanuga will not see peace in your lives. Why wouldn’t they curse a sell out like him? The first thing you hear from Nigerians when you call them is, things are very bad. If he was not insane, tell me why would a sane person joke with human dignity and suffering.

      • Tanko Maihula

        I have no problem with anybody saying things are bad. I’am also from a village in one of the poorest state in this country and i can classified myself as one of the economics refugees, but my anger is to those who will resort to abuse and name calling for simply having a different opinion from them.
        I believe you will agree with me that, today it’s impossible for any sane person to advance his/her views on the net without those cyber-hyenas raining abuses and curses on him/her with no any superior argument. It’s like someone is questioning your right to hold a different opinion. This are my reasons of saying Mr. Onanuga is right.

        • Nobody’sPuppet

          I understand what you mean bro, but for that hypocrite to open his mouth and tell such blatant lie, he’s worthy of whatever abuses he might receive from Nigerians. We in the diaspora speak to people at home on daily basis, we see pictures of children who are dying of malnutrition at IDP camps in the north. First time in the history of Nigeria, we are hearing that people commit suicide because of hardship. We have investments and businesses affected by economic crunch in Nigeria. We visit regularly and see for ourselves. Yet we see a man in position of power making light of people’s plight. Because he wants to please one useless party or individual. Or he can afford to send his daughter on a joy ride to London from proceeds of bribery and corruption. Nowadays people detest the voice of politicians all over the world. You can’t make mockery of people and not face their wrath. He deserves what he gets!

          • Tanko Maihula

            You are absolutely right. people all over the world detest politicians more especially in Africa, it bring nothing but misery.
            permit me to ask you, ” DOES AFRICAN COUNTRIES NEEDS THE WESTERN TYPE OF DEMOCRACY” taking into account our characters, laking in well establish institutions and clannish nature?

          • Nobody’sPuppet

            With the right leadership and vision, we can!

  • Lanre

    Omo ale lo’n fi owo osi juwe le baba re. Omo ti o ba gba eko, ati ita ni won ti ma ko. Yorubas need to do an introspection and search within themselves. Are we noise makers so we can get appointments and become big men? Reuben Abati, Bayo Onanuga, Doyin Okupe, Femi Adesina, Ebenezer Babatope, Duro Onabule, Bola Ajibola, Segun Adeniyi. Yoruba ronu o!

  • Aminu Baba

    The prowling assassins of PDP losers are behind the alarmist “hardship” campaign. They are sadistically sabotaging the Nigerian economy using every foul means, including their NDA brothers in the creeks. It will sure back fire on them because what goes round comes round

  • Sir Louis

    Someone of Bayo Onanuga’s age and level of exposure need not have resurrected this controversy which by now should have died down. In the first place, if he was insulted, he asked for it. Who commissioned him to tell Nigerians that reports of hardship and hunger in the land were exaggerated? Even PMB who is the target of all the complaints acknowledge there is economic downturn and hardship and has been pleading for patience from Nigerians. And why would a man of Onanuga’s age bring in his daughter who has the good fortune of going to UK into the matter in the first place By the way, what is the daughter going to do in the UK? Why does she not stay put in Nigeria that is an Eldorado? The point is that elderly people, especially those who are luckier in life than others should learn to be sensitive to the plight and feelings of others. If you cannot assist people who are in difficulty, don’t antagonise and infuriate them by trying to make light of their misfortune or suffering! By saying what he said in the beginning, Mr. Onanuga contradicted the President who appointed him and who expects him to work hard to improve the image and public standing of the government. For starting this unpleasant face- off, he (Onanuga), deserves a reprimand from the government!

    • Lanre

      What is more interesting. This is the same person that will claim to have studied in a university. He knows about the Humanities. I am coming to the conclusion that many critics in Nigeria are only waiting for an opportunity to get a government job, the most lucrative way to exist.

  • Kekedu

    I bought N500 plantain. The bunch was so big I asked the seller again to re-confirm it was indeed N500.

  • Today 420 naira exchange for $1.00 USD. A bag of rice and a bag of cement have doubled in prices. Manufacturing businesses are closing and Banks are laying off people. Airlines are closing down. Let Mr Onanuga visit the homes of those that have not received their salaries in 12 months or the pensioners that are waiting for 15 months for their benefits. Hunting down the citizens and the opposition in the name of corruption campaigns is not good fiscal economic policy. We can fight corruption and still grow the economy. Buhari must release Dasuki, Nnamdi Kanu and the political prisoners and avail then just and fair trials.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    ‘He stressed that right to divergent opinions be respected, and took exception to “the unwarranted attacks against my child.”

    Mr. Onanuga, who is to blame? You brought your daughter into the fray, by publishing your daughter’s findings for public consumption!

    You are however quite right about the need for differences of opinion. I do share your concern about the increasing use of foul language; that is unacceptable. It is important to acknowledge that there are grave economic issues that Nigerians face; not necessarily caused by the present government, that denials or propaganda cannot simply wish away!