Nigeria replies FT on editorial, says it was purchased by disgruntled political elements
By Oludare Mayowa
Nigeria on Wednesday responded to the editorial of the Financial Times of London, which described the country as “teetering on the brink” of becoming a failed state, saying the publication was procured by disgruntled political elements in the country.
In a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, he accused some disgruntled political elements in the country of planning a smear campaign against President Mohammadu Buhari.
According to Adesina, the disgruntled political elements in the country have been shopping for pliant online media that will serve as accomplices in their nefarious act.
He said the game plan is to launch orchestrated campaign of calumny in the days ahead, in which President Buhari would be portrayed as not being in charge of the country.
Without mentioning the name of Financial Times, the presidential spokesman said “a narrative already started from a procured offshore medium by the instigators” in a veiled reference to the editorial by the newspaper.
The London-based newspaper had in the editorial on Tuesday said that Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country fit into the yardstick of a failed state where “the government is no longer in control.”
It said that there are more poor people in Nigeria than any other country even as Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children on earth.
“Security is not the only area where the state is failing. Nigeria has more poor people, defined as those living on less than $1.90 a day, than any other country, including India.