National headquarters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Thursday were flooded with dead Turkey allegedly sent by the Niger state governor as gift for Christmas and New Year.
Staff of the party were, however, scampering to lay their hands on some of the dead Turkey gift, as some other staff refused to near the seen for the fear of bird flu.
Journalists present at National Secretariat of the ruling party observed the arrival of a white 18-seater bus with registration number 18-NGGH which conveyed the turkeys to the secretariat at exactly 2.20pm on Thursday.
Drama had ensued when the interest from many of the staff ready to grab some of the half dead turkeys slaughtered in front of the secretariat gave way to fears of the possibility of them suffering from bird flu.
Some of the senior staff who received the gifts from Niger government in the absence of the national leaders were also seen expressing discomfort benefitting from the dead turkey.
“It is a pity that many of them died but I want to think that heat was responsible for it. The mistake they made was bringing them during the day when the weather is still very hot. They would have done it at night. See how the good gesture from the Niger State government has turn into suspicion and fear of bird flu.
“Even when some of us are ready to collect the dead turkey many others are afraid. As if is now, the woman who agreed to collect the dead turkey even out of fear will enjoy them very well,” the staff discussing in groups said.”
This is certainly a very fake story. It is clearly about hate journalism and unhealthy politics premised on lies and gross lack of evidence. RThose that directly collected the gifts have a very different version of this author’s story as no turkey freely given by the Niger Governor was uncollected. Kudos to Governor Abu, an astute philanthropist that has done much more free giving from his personal purse even before his election as a governor and even now as governor. Infact, every reasonable polity watcher in Niger state knows what Governor Bello means, represents and is willing to offer the people of Niger state than this biased reporting by some unfair minded media persons.
This story lacks balanced reporting expected of a good journalist. That no official of the Niger state government was interviewed is enough to suspect mischief.
The whole story is confusing. If really the writer wanted to be objective, the story would have focused on facts not assumptions. What analysis was conducted to affirm that the cause of the dead birds arose from what he called bird flu. This is unfair journalism.
The Niger State Governor’s well intended action of supporting people from all religious beliefs with great sense of magnanimity especially in this time of economic recession should be praised and not allowed to be consumed by falsehood. This story is skewed propaganda advanced by commissioned agents that pretend to be genuine reports. Otherwise, their guess on dead distributed turkey and pictures of such should have been exhibited as evidence. This is like action from an unhappy person that did not benefit from this charity.
The Governor of Niger State should be highly commended for recognizing that the average Nigerian needs support in this era of economic recession. This story seems not to recognise that we need to encourage generosity.
Common sense should always be placed above illogical sentiments. That a governor recognised the need to support families that can hardly afford the usual joy of end of year celebration is sufficient expression of kindness. Where does bird flu come into all these?
Even though the issue of bird flu in this story is baseless, as such does not demand any expanded debate. However, let it be said that the public should know that Scientists have said that even the so called avian influenza is not easily transmitted from birds to humans. This was just a speculative story and does not deserve to be headline news.
It is good and credible that the reporter of this story rightly acknowledged that even if some of the birds may have died, it was not the intention of Governor Bello. This story should in no way diminish the Governor’s very good intentions.