Is Bayo Onanuga a hypocrite? Maybe he is
Joshua Charles, September 09, 2016
Bayo Onanuga has been trending on the social media since he made a dumb update on his Facebook page on Tuesday to deny the economic hardship in the country.
Bayo is the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria. He was appointed in May by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Social media commentators said Bayo is a hypocrite. Is he really a hypocrite? Compare his two write-ups to find out if he is really a hypocrite.
“Quack Economist: How Okonjo-Iweala misled Jonathan with figures
“Will this policy not diminish further our people’s capacity to get out of the vicious bracket of poverty? How now will 90 per cent of Nigerians starving on $2 a day, not be economically asphyxiated when commodity prices have jumped, in some cases by 100 per cent? In my view, her argument and the entire policy of removing the fuel subsidy are ill thought out and ‘callous’ as some Nigerians have said.
“Okonjo’s thesis was wrong from the beginning: she says that subsidy does not reach the poor, that only the rich and the middle class are the beneficiaries. The hollowness and shallowness of the position have been profoundly proven by the cries of agony by Nigerians. Who have been the most hit by the anti-people measure? The poor. Who have been crying loudest? The poor. Even, if we accept her theory that the rich and middle class are the greatest beneficiaries of oil subsidy, are they not Nigerians? Are they not entitled to some goodies from their government?” – Bayo Onanuga, 2012.
“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.
“I was in Bauchi and Jos at the weekend, I also found that food was cheap everywhere. In our hotel, we paid about N700 for a plate of semovita, or eba with a choice of cat fish or chicken. On the roadside, I found to my surprise that with just N1000, I bought over 50 oranges, two giant water melon 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.
“Are the media and bloggers really painting a correct image of our country. It's time for the media to objectively conduct a reality check about our reports, whether we are not over sensationalising so-called hardship that we talked about”. – Bayo Onanuga, 2016.
Is he a hypocrite?