Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria has described the recently published report by Cable News Network (CNN) on the Lekki Toll Gate as a ludicrous, weak piece of journalism capable of inciting violence in Nigeria.
In a statement issued and signed by Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi and Barr John Atani, Convener and the Secretary General of the Coalition respectively, the organisation said the cable television threw the rules of objectivity in the air with the unprofessional, one-sided and sponsored documentary on the Lekki Toll Gate incident.
According to the Coalition, the CNN has a culture of stereotyping Africa as a continent with everything negative, adding that the news medium should remove the log in its eyes especially with its infamous roles in the just concluded United States election as stressed by President Donald Trump.
“Nothing more can demonstrate CNN’s mischievous tendencies than claiming in one breath that it spoke with over 100 people but eventually presented only one person who claimed to still be looking for his lost brother. Can there be a massacre with one person declared missing?
“The medium put together a collection of embellished footages colored with graphics to tell its lie of a story and even showed a purported footage of soldiers leaving their base in Bonny Camp, as if such pictures are short on demand on internet.
No doubt, the CNN goofed as usual, but this time, they must pay the price of aiming to rupture the fragile peace in our country aftermath of the destruction and wanton killings that trailed the #EndSARS protests