“I’ll Not Lie About What I Haven’t Done” – Hon Jarigbe Agom
Unlike some politicians who claim unmerited praises and seek undeserved publicity, Hon Jarigbe Agom, Member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Ogoja/Yala Constituency of Cross River State, has disclaimed a Facebook report that disclosed that he had paid 75 thousand naira to each of his constituents who were newly admitted into Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).
The report was posted by Alhaji Abdulkarim Adam, Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Non Indigenes. Alhaji Adbulkarim’s post announced that “Ogoja /Yala federal house Representative Hon Jarigbe Agom have encourage (sic) our youths that got admission into cross river university of technology by crediting they (sic) account with the some (sic) of #75.000 each”.
At the time of filing this report, that post had 179 likes and 4 shares. Also, several comments of praise trailed the post before Hon Jarigbe dissociated himself from such a deed.
For instance, Ayok Okpokam wrote: “Hons u ar a giver”. Similarly, Egbelo Ntebri Edward stated: “Nice one leader”. Peter Okachi followed in the same vein, stating: “Well done JAJ. God bless u sir”. Ogbedu Wuyielohie also offered: “God bless him”. Nelly Ebiware declared: “Hon Jarigbe my man any time any day”.
Tommy Unoh testified: “Tommy Tommy is a living witness…. This is how leadership is define (sic), not by giving student five, five thousand for school fees but by paying the whole school fees. Long live Jari.. A leader with tenancity (sic) and doggedness.. And (sic) extraordinary leader.. Jarigbe AGOM Jarigbe2019……”. The only skeptical comment came from Daniel Riwo who asked: “How true is this?”
That question was answered by Hon Jarigbe Agom who disclaimed the post with this comment: “I didn’t give 75k to our Youths who got admission to Crutech. I can’t defend this.
Karimu got the wrong INFO. I will give financial assistance to students who actually need it but through Community leaders. I will not lie about what I haven’t done.”
Strangely, Alhaji Abdulkarim Adam responded to that disclaimer by writing: “Tommy show me the alert”. Apparently, he was referring to Tommy Unoh who earlier stated that he is “a living witness”.
As expected, Hon Jarigbe Agom’s disclaimer has received several comments of commendation on that Facebook thread. For instance, Okwori Andre Williams Omaleyi wrote: “You are without prejudice and propaganda sir. Information should be verifiable and substantial. Thanks for that staunch display of bravery”.
Also, Stephen Okpako wrote: “A humble leader with integrity a man of honour. Giving is his life style and a wrong impression can boldly b corrected by such a man. My admiration 4 u is unlimited. MP u are the best”.
Jonathan Ashikem prayed and counseled: “God bless you. We must be properly guided how we share info please. Once again I appreciate this show of maturity. Keep it up, Mr. Jarigbe Agom.”
Despite Hon Jarigbe Agom’s disclaimer, Alhaji Abdulkarim Adam has neither corrected his post nor apologized for it, on Facebook. The post was still on his timeline, at the time of filing this report.
It would be recalled that last Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, stated that the spread of fake news in the social media is a threat to liberal democracies. Consequently, he announced that he would overhaul his country’s media legislation this year. According to a report posted by Reuters, Macron said: “At election time, on internet platforms, the rules applying to content won’t be exactly the same”.
In Nigeria, it would not be unusual if fake news dominate the internet, ahead of the 2019 general elections. Apparently, this unwholesome trend has already started.
Even without Honourable Jarigbe’s disclaimer, it is widely known that Cross River University of Technology has not resumed for the 2017/2018 academic session. The university has not completed the admission exercise for the session that is billed to begin tomorrow (Monday, January 8, 2018).
Therefore, it is difficult to explain how a complete and authentic list of newly admitted students of Ogoja/Yala constituency can be available at this time in CRUTECH, for the payment that Alhaji Adam disclosed.
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