Gimba Kakanda, a Nigerian writer and journalist is currently facing criticism for a false accusation he made against Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State.
Kakanda had accused Wike of demolishing the Trans-Amadi Central Mosque in the state capital, Port Harcourt.
Mr Kakanda who is a Muslim, had posted a video late Sunday on Twitter of some people who were believed to be Muslims sitting on the ruins of a building.
In the now deleted tweet, he wrote: “Why did Governor Wike demolish this mosque in Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt? I’m asking this question because, in spite of our history of intolerance, places of worship hardly featured in our politics of hate. We are descending into a new low, and it’s sad.”
The journalist had however in another tweet, clarified that as a matter of fact no mosque was demolished in the state.
“On the demolition of a central mosque in Port Harcourt, I have just been informed that the structure of the mosque had not been erected as reported, and that there was no incident of demolition at all. Unless anyone has a counter to this, I think we should all let it slide,” he said.
On the demolition of a central mosque in Port Harcourt, I have just been informed that the structure of the mosque had not been erected as reported, and that there was no incident of demolition at all. Unless anyone has a counter to this, I think we should all let it slide.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) August 25, 2019
Nigerians however did not take it lightly with the writer and accused him of promoting ‘fake’ news in order to incite violence.
See some reactions below:
Nawaoo we in Port Harcourt are being told by people in Abuja, Kaduna & Lagos that Gov Wike is demolishing a mosque in PH. I wonder what y'all hope to gain by spreading such falsehood
— Oshare (@Oghenekevwe_) August 26, 2019
Guys, I'm reporting Gimba's initial tweet on the mosque demolition (and by extension every tweet supporting Gimba's initial tweet).
If he won't take it down, perhaps twitter will. We need to stand against fake and inciting news.
— A Fokken Queen! 👑 (@cremechic11) August 26, 2019
Please share that Gimba's retraction as widely as you can. Sad he has not deleted the original tweet. Don't say it does not concern you. That is the stuff of riots & burning down churches & you never know who will be affected. It's actually an emergency.
— Sam Hart (@hartng) August 26, 2019
Gimba tweeted an unverified information, accusing wike of demolishing an inexistent mosque,fanning the ember of religious intolerance.
It's quite pitiful that someone like gimba, with some level of education don't the the implications of religious intolerance.
— Ogbuefi Okafor🇳🇬 (@MistaChika) August 26, 2019
Sad to say but the fact some of them look for any avenue for Violence is Disturbing. Its almost as if they thirst for Violence. I just hope Gimba retracts the news before properties get destroyed & people get hurt. https://t.co/8KRScwIT5W
— King N●-N● 🌟 (@Zaddy_nomso) August 26, 2019
See what Gimba's 'simple tweet ' has caused?
All they need to unleash their inner Shekau is just a little 'provocation', whether genuine or not pic.twitter.com/Rtacb2XhiH
— YOUR DADDY'S MAIN CHIC (@Babypeng_) August 26, 2019
Gimba's tweet proves we are just looking for a reason to fight in this country. If your first instinct is to fight your fellow man or seek revenge when your place of worship is supposedly demolished instead of heading to court, then you are a bigger problem than the fake news.
— No one (@ilynem) August 26, 2019
Gimba Kakanda knows what he is doing. Tweet like this will get to different Whatsapp groups and some ignorant folks will use it to incite trouble & cause mayhem.
Fake news travels fast.
Someone in Zaria has received this fake news and will run with it.
We can't let it slide.
— Ugonnia (@AustinYugo) August 26, 2019
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