Buhari employed many media trolls because of me, says Kperogi/

Popular columnist and Professor of Journalism in the US, Farooq Kperogi, has stated the Buhari Media Centre (BMC)—a loyalist group to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration—was initiated because of him.

Kperogi, who stated this in a series of posts via his Twitter handle on Thursday, described himself as an employer of labour in Nigeria.

According to him, his constant criticisms of the Buhari has made him employ several media trolls to attacks him alongside other critics of his government.

Recall that Kperogi, a strong critic of Buhari, recently made headlines when he reportedly said former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, died in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

His claim had generated backlash after Dasuki was eventually released by the DSS alive.

In a series of tweets however, Kperogi said: “You’re a BMC Troll? I’m Your Employer! Sometime in 2017, a long-time acquaintance of mine who works in the Presidential Villa told me I had become a “big-time employer of labor in Nigeria.

“I was puzzled until he explained that I was one of the major reasons the Buhari regime inaugurated a shadowy troll farm called the Buhari Media Center, which now goes by other names. The BMC started with only about 40 people who have multiple fake social media accounts.

“But it’s now an entire propaganda and mind-management industry that employs thousands of people and sucks up millions of naira monthly. N-Power beneficiaries have now been incorporated into it.

“Their remit is to flood online comments with pro-regime propaganda, smear and libel government critics, invent slanderous falsehoods against critics, magnify the slip-ups of critics and use that as a crutch to deflect focus on the government’s unending fraud, etc.

“But the unhealthy fixation the Buhari regime has on me is flattering, frankly. This must either mean that, in their cluelessness, they hyperbolize my influence on Nigerians or that my exposes of their malfeasance is achieving the intended effect. Or both.

“Whatever it is, I’m glad to be one of the reasons a swarm of thoughtless and unemployable online trolls have a monthly paycheck.”


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