The attention of the Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to some mischievous online publications spreading an unfounded, imaginary and outright falsehood purportedly emanating from the live interview granted by Governor Douye Diri on Channels TV morning programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, 6 July, 2021.
In the said online fabrications published on news platforms notorious for trading in fake news, it was claimed that His Excellency, Governor Douye Diri allegedly accused the Federal Government of selective arrest, favoritism and partial application of the judicial system against those involved in agitations across the Nigerian State.
This is far from the truth.
But for the need to put the record straight, the Bayelsa State Government would not have bothered to respond to the unfounded and politically motivated reports, knowing that the public is aware of the penchant of the Dailypost, naijanews and nairaland for fictitious reportage.
The only truth in the said reports is that the governor featured on live interview on Channels Television.
However, for the 43 minutes that the governor’s interview lasted, he at no time mentioned or alluded to any arrested persons including Nnamdi Kanu, nor did he accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of sectional bias.
Rather, the governor only discussed the Southern Governors’ resolution of the previous day, reemphasizing their commitment to one, just and egalitarian Nigeria.
He also took some time to talk about what his administration is doing at ensuring prosperity for the citizenry of Bayelsa.
We are, therefore, at a loss as to what could have premeditated the malicious, wicked and irresponsible online report if it was not an agenda to set the Federal Government against the Bayelsa State Government and undermine the collaboration the Governor has worked hard to achieve in efforts at bringing every stakeholder onboard at undertaking their obligations to the land and people of our state.
We call on the public to disregard the Dailypost, naijanews and nairaland fictitious reports as they are lies with uncivilized intentions.
Hon. Ayibaina Crowther Duba
Honourable Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy