By Oduche Azih
I HAD FOLLOWED this story earlier from the perspective of the Nigerian media including government controlled outfits.
It didn’t make sense then.
It still doesn’t make any sense now.
And now this,
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published by the Israeli kidnap victims after they had regained their freedom and departed the Nigerian gulag.
I may be wrong, Or perhaps I gave up my very reliable prior readings, Only to expect too much rationality from the junta in Abuja.
What would have happened, how would the members of this Buhari administration view this strictly Cultural Odyssey by an Israeli team IF it was spearheaded instead by our own Isaac Moses and his wife Nneka of GOJE AFRICA fame?? .
Recall that the team has been hailed across Africa and the world for showcasing various cultures and quirks for Nigerian and global audiences.
Buhari’s Madam Abike Dabiri-Erewa should have a thing or two to say about Goje Africa and all other similar outfits.
How about if the investigations and narrative for the expected documentary was done by AIT, TVC, ChannelsTv or PlusTV Africa? Are authentic Nigerian stories to be covered only by Nigerian media outfits acceptable to the Buhari junta?
Talking of Ogidi, in Anambra State, I just remembered something. A few months ago, while Nigeria was burning as usual, while every media outlet was focusing on a certain mayhem playing out in Borno, Katsina or was it Zamfara State, the NTA network chose to reach into its archives to offer viewers for the Nth time a rerun on the NWAFOR FESTIVAL in OGIDI!
Did I mention ostrich?
If there are some of Chinua Achebe’s brethren, my cousins, in Ogidi claiming Jewish heritage, is that not newsworthy? Perhaps one should have invited a crew from BBC, VOA or the nongovernment PBS to cover the story. I wonder how our Fulani islamist regime would have reacted to a US film crew notwithstanding who they would interview.
As Nigeria spirals down into the abyss, one would expect Buhari to be more attuned to attracting friends or at the very least striving to retain the few ones that it currently has. Arresting Israeli citizens covering human interest stories in Nigeria surely sucks as a means of advancing national interests. Whatever, I have long come to the conclusion that Muhammadu Buhari has gone way beyond caring. This is the more reason why patriotic Nigerian should be ever prepared to pick the pieces as well as they can.
End of discussion!
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