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Date Published: 11/02/10

Silly Tales by Daily Trust


The Daily Trust took newspapering to a new ridiculous extent today with a claim that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is to "relocate some key ministries to Lagos".

The newspaper woefully failed to provide insight as to why such a decision might be taken, beyond hinting that it is a move to "decongest" Abuja.

It is amazing that any one would want to decongest Abuja by relocating to Lagos, reputedly one of the continent's most congested capitals. It is indeed inconceivable that a Nigerian newspaper can contemplate such an odd story.

This is to urge the general public to ignore this silly tale. It is only packaged to whip up sectional sentiment and serve the ends of political paymasters.

But this effort falls flat on its face in view of abundant evidence that the Jonathan administration is committedly expanding the nation's capital, opening up new areas and linking up existing ones to make Abuja a true home for all Nigerians.

This is another Daily Trust "exclusive" that is an outright lie; one more scoop that never was. Such tales are meant only for garbage dump.

Ima Niboro

Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President

October 31, 2010


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