As the polls for Kogi and Bayelsa governorships loom, news reports show a trend. We read about whole communities declaring for a candidate. I wonder whether such reporters spoke to whole communities. The worst culprit has been the imperial-looking, walking-stick Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State. He probably mistakes his walking stick for a police baton, given the way he governs. And he was a policeman. Sometimes though he poses more like a headmaster.
These reports are clearly orchestrated. But this trend began decades ago. As a student, I often wondered how a reporter knew that a whole community endorsed one person without any scientific proof. It is often done by a call or a news release signed by a fawning soldier of the candidate.
Reporters and editors should be wary of such reports. Some newspapers reported similar enthusiasms in the just-concluded elections, and the real results turned to be the opposite.
Such reports about endorsements will eventually end as collections in a museum of lies. This is a parody of the tale in Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s work, The Museum of Innocence.