By Binebai Princewill
Niger Delta Youth Leader and National head of WaterWays Surveillance to the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Prince Emmanuel Botu has defended the generalissimo of Niger Delta Struggle, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
The IPMAN chieftain particularly knocked all those behind the rejuvenation of the viral videos that has been misconstrued by the general public, stressing that the videos have expired as they where videos shot before accepting the Niger Delta Amnesty Presidential Programme in 2009.
The prince particularly frowned at the false claims making rounds on the social media space suggesting or insinuating that High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a frontrunner in the Niger Delta struggle is fanning the embers of war.
Prince Emmanuel Botu made this known to newsmen in Warri earlier today through his media unit of IPMAN via a statement, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers.
Just recently, some videos were seen on social media portraying High Chief Government Ekpemupolo erroneously as seemingly sending his loyalists on a war spree.
This untrue, misleading and ill-gotten videos posing as news across social media has drawn the attention of the Sembiri-born Prince (Prince Emmanuel Botu) who condemned this ill-intended action in totality, Stressing that the action of some social media miscreants are trying to drag the name of High Chief Ekpemupolo into unnecessary disrepute.
However, Botu had warned social media practitioners to be mindful of what they publish, stressing that only truthful and balance reportage remains the bedrock of a responsible journalism.
The ongoing propaganda spreading across some social media platforms should be disregarded with immediate effect, as it portends a bad signal to the Izon nation in particular, and the Nigerian Nation in general.
It is mischievous and unacceptable for anyone to attempt tarnishing the reputable image of High Chief Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo with a video that has expired long before the acceptance of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP)
Prince Botu also unveiled to newsmen the need for strategic partnership with the Government of the Federation and how he has on his own capacity joined forces with its communication teams to raise awareness about misinformation of various nature and thus encouraged individuals to report any false or misleading content online
He reiterated that in recent times, misinformation has caused more damage than good in the Niger Delta Region
He also unequivocally thanked the good people of Gbaramatu Kingdom and all Izon sons and daughters who timely swung into action to discredit the misleading video that has gone viral.