Stella Dimoko Journalism In Nigeria Has Become A Cocktail Of Lies!


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Saturday, December 04, 2021

Journalism In Nigeria Has Become A Cocktail Of Lies!

You have probably seen something on social media, which I consider a parody of lie merchants against Nigeria. 

Let me recall the story of a teacher we didn’t particularly like when we were in secondary school. The man could wield the whip, ehnnnn. And when he decided to give you a knock on the head, you began to swallow your own mucus. Fast fast.

So, the obstreperous boys, who didn’t want any form of control, nicknamed the teacher Aji pogun iro. The person who lies at least 20 times a day.
Boys will be boys. I doubt if we ever caught the teacher at a single lie, but just because we didn’t like him, we nicknamed him Aji pogun iro. We usually had so much fun calling him that name behind him.

Back to our topic. Some people hate their country so much, that they tell a minimum of 20 lies against her daily. And they use the digital media, particularly the variant called social media. There, you have no checks, no balances. An ‘army of anything goes’ operates there.

Now to that parody of lie merchants. A man is seen with a bouquet of flowers, kneeling down before a lady. He says:
“Abeni, please agree to marry me, or I’ll die. You are my joy, my honey, the salt of my life.

“If I don’t see you, I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. And peradventure I sleep, I dream of you like a crazy man.”
As he spins his yarn, a male voice interjects periodically: Lori iro. Lori iro. Meaning, Big, Fat, Lies.

The lady was probably getting convinced, and about to say ‘I will do’ when a heavily pregnant woman appears on the scene, and shouts:
“Who am I looking at? My husband!”

A shocked Abeni exclaims: “So you are already married!” And she gave Aji pogun iro a dirty slap. He saw stars. End of story.
The man with the voice then takes centre stage, chanting lyrically: Iro po, iro po. O ti po repete. Lie lie lover, lie lie lover, meaning, Big Fat Lies, Big Fat Lies, Too Many Lies. Lie lie lover.

And I say, Big Fat Lies, Big Fat Lies against Nigeria, and against a President doing his honest best for the country. And anybody loyal to the President also becomes a butt of lies, undue hatred, odium, misinformation, disinformation, opprobrium.
We were at the 76th Assembly of the United Nations in New York between September 19 and 26, this year. We returned home without any incident, landing in Abuja about 4 am.

Few days later, a perpetually lying online newspaper published that on the trip back home, the presidential jet developed a technical fault, and we made emergency landing at a place called Sable Island, where we were held up for three hours, before resuming the journey.

Holy Moses! I was on that flight! Nothing of such happened. How did a fecund but sick mind conjure that lie? Lori iro. When did journalism become a cocktail of lies? And to what end? Shame, big shame.

I got a number of phone calls from people who wanted to rejoice with me that we escaped what could have been a crash. I let them finish talking, and would say: Lori iro. They would be shocked, then curse the lying blog, and go off the line.
A high rise building unfortunately came down in Lagos recently, killing a large number of people, including the developer. Pronto, that lying online medium published that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was a partner with the developer, who was his bosom friend. Lori iro.

The VP, a professor of law, demanded a retraction, or he would go to court. But these liars have no honor, nor any sense of shame. They never correct nor retract their lies. It is second nature to them. No wonder the Good Book says when the Devil lies, “he speaks his natural language. A liar and father of lies.” Lori iro.
There’s another Liars’ Gazette, which makes it a point of duty to tell at least 20 lies against the country daily. Aji pogun iro. The former boss of the suicide journalist behind that online publication once described him to me as “a danger to today and to tomorrow.” When he lies, he speaks his natural language.

Recently, Dr Chike Akunyili, husband to that deceased Nigerian heroine, Dora, was gruesomely killed in the Southeast, apparently by murderous separatists. What did Liars’Gazette say? Dr Akunyili killed by Fulani herdsmen! No shred, not even a scintilla of evidence. They are just bent on throwing the country into a turmoil, and the more heinous the lie, the more it serves their evil purpose.
It was the same Liars’ Gazette that went to town in October last year, during the EndSARS protest, publishing that President Muhammadu Buhari had agreed to scrap the SARS police team early, but his media adviser, Femi Adesina, prevailed on him not to do so. Lori iro.

What the Liars’ Gazette wanted to do was to turn the public against me. It succeeded for a while, going by the volume of vitriol and hate messages I received initially. But it is said that if lie travels for 20 years, truth catches up with it in one day. Soon, the truth came out, and the liar was left standing small and looking stupid.

I was special guest recently at the unveiling of a book, 101 Fake News on EndSARS, written by a young investigative reporter, Dahiru M. Lawal.
how I wish every citizen of this great country can get a copy. In 203 pages, the author chronicles all the lies that accompanied the EndSARS protests, which began as a laudable outcry against police brutality, till the Devil took over, and things took a murderous turn. Lagos was almost completely burned down, and scores of policemen and other security agents lay dead round the country.

 The truth of that saga is still being unraveled by probe panels round the country.
Lies are being told daily against the President. He’s Jibril of Sudan, the real Buhari is long dead. A cabal runs the country for him, he can’t even talk again. He’s a tyrant, and tramples on the human rights of Nigerians. He’s not even achieving anything. Blah blah.

And don’t think it’s only inconsequential people who are behind these lies. Even serial election losers join the fray. When an opposition party speaks, just tell yourself; Lori iro. Because it lies daily. It speaks its natural language when it spews untruth. When some pastors, and some imams preach, it is Lori iro. They lie against the President, and against the government he leads. Simply because they hate their country, hate the citizens, and even hate themselves.

But I’ve got news for such people. As God wills, President Buhari would continue to achieve for the country. Infrastructure works would continue, the insecurity war would be won, the economy would continue to revive, and corrupt people would endlessly march straight to jail. And then, by May 29, 2023, the President would land safely. Amen.

Every other thing, as conjured by evil hearts, the Lie Lie Lovers, would be Lori iro.

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity


  1. Replies
    1. I knew it was him. I just scrolled down to drop my comment. Why would I waste time to read a piece from a sycophant?

    2. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    3. Even from the caption of the post I knew he's the one and I just decided to open the post so I can come ask my neighbours if they're thinking what I'm thinkingπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    4. I absolutely acquiesce to everything he has said without mincing words..

      Brace yourselves cos he will still be in office till 2023,peeps

      Y'all should tone down the hate and wake up from your dang slumbers already

    5. Dante, please don't bend oooo

      I thought it was Stella that wrote that, then when I move to the second paragraph my mind was like let me go see if it is buhari younger brother

    6. As soon as I got the president sentence, I scrolled down.
      God forbid i waste my time reading this nonsense.
      Adeshina, Lori iro. Na you gan gan be "Aji pogun iro"
      Continue with your dirty lies.
      Shame on you.

  2. With the caption I know who the author could be. I didn't bother reading. I will never take this man serious for one bit.

    1. Lmao I scrolled all the way down after reading the first line.

    2. Me three. I thought Stella is telling us something but after reading the first line I scrolled down. SMH

  3. Who get time to ready wetin you dey write? πŸ™„

  4. πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚
    I'm with you on this one Dante! 🀣

    1. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

  5. Buhari is the convenient Scape goat. We blame Buhari for everything despite the fact that we all know we have our own individual vices. Well said Mr Adeshina...

    1. Shots fired 😳

    2. Don't mind them,Stan..

      Nigerians are now the holier than thou whilst Buhari is the totally bad one..

      Bandwagon of hate-filled people...πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

      Y'all know Stan said the truth but you can't just deal cos it's Buhari...

    3. Thank you Dante. I said it the other day on one of the lekki toll gate posts that my girl dodged a bullet but my comment wasn't proved

    4. Both of them are bullets to be dodged IMHO.

  6. God forbid buharia as the name means in Igbo, "twisted" twist everything. At the end people in this particular govt will not end well. I take solace in the fact that this life is temporary cos every life lost because of your actions will be accounted for and the punishment is everlasting. We can all choose to lie to ourselves if we want to, it never negates the fact. The fact that as a human being you are creative is enough proof that there is a higher being we are all accountable to whether we like it or not. A lot of families are hungry a lot of people have died for avoidable reasons Nigeria has become a laughing stock kidnapping going on everywhere, rampant killings in the North. Those of us in the South that thinks is far off I feel sad for you. There is an agenda and the earliest we wake up the better for everyone.

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  8. The greatest lie ever told was that jubril was our president.

    Even scholars of various fields swallowed it..iro po

    1. πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ Nnamdi Kanu made them believe that and what do we now call those people? Brainwashed much??

    2. Believers in lies. That was how they accused the Fed govt of kidnapping or killing Nnamdi Kanu at Orlu. His lawyer even went through court to demand for his body. His father too asked for his body for burial. Meanwhile Kanu was enjoying himself in Israel and places beyond!
      These are the people now accusing others of lying!

    3. Tribal sentiments has always been the bane of this country @Anon..

      I am always neutral and not ready to follow the bandwagon rara

  9. Hehehehe, I read half Fam! I tried o, he made sense small. That Dr Akunyili’s murder pained me. No one deserves to die like that. It was IPOB that did it, mistaken identity. I be correct omo ibo… I have to say the truth when need be. My people no try at all.


    1. God bless you Karen for being blunt. That Dr. Akα»₯nyili's death was a case of mistaken identity and it was done by the IPOB.
      It's really terrible!

      Mr Femi, your principal PMB is very far from being a fair and just man, sir, no matter how much you try to powder and launder his image, the records and pictorial evidence is there for all to see.

      He's a parochial, overtly tribalistic and HIGHLY religious bigot!
      Unfortunately PMB, surrounded himself and government with people of like minds.
      It's such a HUGE shame.

      Please Mr.Femi, your principal is very very far from being called a fair man, cos that will be a big, fat lie!

      I agree that there are many distorted stories and out right lies on the social media.
      Unfortunately this government has been CAUGHT LYING.

      Sir, while we are still at it, can you kindly remind your principal about Abba Kyari, Mr Magu, the lady northern Minister of State that was sacked, we have been waiting patiently for mr integrity to come out with a 'white paper' report.

  10. Adeshina...lori iro...lai Mohammed younger brother...buhari is a serial loser...lori iro...separatists kill u there..nonsense n buhari..posterity will judge u

  11. I click, la bend

    I read, la die

  12. Rubbish and Gumi
    Rubbish and Abba Kyari

  13. Na who get time to read this 🀷🀷🀷🀷🀷


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