18th January, 2018
The Economist, a London-based newsmagazine, has disowned a publication which claimed that Nigerians had shown an unprecedented level of patience with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The publication has been making rounds on the social media and on some websites in the country and beyond.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, quoted the Africa Editor of the magazine, Jonathan Rosenthal, as dismissing the publication.
The presidential aide quoted a letter dated Jan. 18, written and signed by Rosenthal, condemning the publication.
The letter read: “It has come to my attention that an article has been circulating on social media and been published on various websites that purports to have been written or published by The Economist.
“The article with the headline ‘The Unprecedented Level of Patience Shown to Buhari’ was not written nor published by The Economist. Any claims connecting it to The Economist are false.”
Adesina therefore enjoined Nigerians to be “very watchful and circumspect about the kind of information they are exposed to and share, especially in this period when purveyors of fake news abound.”