Women Affairs Minister debunks alleged lavish birthday party for husband
…..Says publication grossly marred with falsehood.
By Yahaya Idris, Abuja.
The women affairs minister, Mrs Barr Uju Kennedy Ohanenye, has refuted allegations claiming that she organised a lavish birthday party for her husband as speculated by Osun Defender and other Social Media platforms.
The Minister who described the story as completely false, stressed that the said report was orchestrated by her political detractors, a ploy they had adopted to ostensibly unmake and tarnish her hard-earned reputation, and make her office look bad before Nigerians.
This was contained in a statement issued by Ohaeri Osondu Joseph, Special Assistant, Media and made available to the press, advising the media to make professionalism their hallmark, look out and shun politicians and miscreants who might use their outlets as a tool to peddle falsehood and soil the image and hard-earned reputation of others just for their selfish interest and gains.
Below were full statement;
DEBUNKING THE ONLINE PUBLICATION BY OSUN DEFENDER ALLEGING THAT THE WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER HAS ORGANIZED A LAVISH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE HUSBAND
The attention of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has been drawn to a publication by the Osun Defender with the caption; “Amidst Economic Hardship, Minister Organizes Lavish Birthday For Husband”, published on Thursday,1st February 2024 on its online page as authored by one Hafsoh Isiaq.
Much as it is not our intention to use this platform to join issues with the author, one does not need to dig deep to notice that the publication was a deliberate deviation from the usual rigour and incisiveness associated with true and objective journalism. Having gone through the content of the publication, the need to clarify the disinformation and misleading allegation against the person of the Honorable Minister of Women Affairs as portrayed by the author, has become most pertinent.Women affairs Minister pledges rehabilitation for late Nabeeha rescued siblings
The publication is grossly marred with falsehood as some indices point to the fact that the author was either misled by his source (s) who is out to malign the personality of the Honorable Minister or did not carry out due diligence before going to press. It is even more worrisome to note the obvious shift by the management of Osun Defender from its philosophy which is anchored on integrity and journalistic balance which is the hallmark of true and fair journalism.
It is common knowledge that modern-day information technology provides wider latitude for most documents to be forged, make alterations, clone signatures and other manipulations which cannot be visible to the human eye.
Without dwelling much on the attached letter of invite purportedly linked to the Honorable Minister, the author was quick to assert that “OSUN DEFENDER understands that the year ‘2023’ as written on the invite was a typographical error that should have read as ‘2024’. However, this is a strong pointer to the fact that the attached letter of invitation was the handiwork of mischief makers with a latent mission to whittle down the remarkable feats of the Women Affairs Ministry in the last 5 months under the watch of the present Minister, Barr Uju Kennedy Ohanenye. Otherwise, how can one explain the 29th January 2023 date on the purported letter when the present dispensation was yet to assume office?
More so, it is erroneous to use the word ’has allegedly organized’ for an event which yet to take place. “has allegedly organized” is in simple past tenses, meaning that the event has already taken place while “is allegedly organizing” is in present continuous tenses. It then follows that the said publication is fraught with obvious contradictions in the author’s bid to push falsehood into the public space.
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We are therefore urging well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the said online publication by the Osun Defender which is yet another figment of falsehood and calculated attempt to distract the Honorable Minister of Women of Affairs from sustaining her Ministry’s genuine and undiluted course to protect and promote the welfare and wellbeing of Nigerian women and the girl child.
Ohaeri Osondu Joseph
Special Assistant, Media