Omoleye Sowore of Sahara Reporters’ has said that the book recently launched by the Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye is a cut and paste from newspaper articles.
Sowore who spoke at the launch of Sahara Reporters’ media civic media lab in Lagos on Thursday, May 25, said his team has been looking for the book but cannot afford it due to its exorbitant price.
“What prof briefly mentioned about the launching in Abuja was the book launch of Dino Melaye, that has been very gut-wrenching for a lot of us,” Sowore said.
“We have been looking for that book in bookstores in Abuja, it has not been made available because we can’t afford it. It is N50,000 — just to buy cut and paste of newspaper articles.”
While calling on Nigerian youth to work towards nation building, Sowore said he started Sahara Reports’ media by mistake.
“As most people know, I was also an agitator the Nigerian way.I was inspired also by the decadence coming from the Nigerian media. I wanted to read Nigerian news all the time, and I discovered that Nigerian newspapers that I used to love were just not reporting issues as they were happening,” Sowore added.
“That was what I was doing. I was just trying my luck, I wanted to be reaching maybe 200 people in a day, and then one day I started and we were reaching 5,000 and then the next month, on and on. To the extent that by the 2015 election, we reached four million people in one day.”
He further urged the social media influencers to get on the streets and think progressively to good policies that can move Nigeria to a level of the desired development.
“Forget about the noise on twitter, it has no depth; it is very shallow. I don’t think Twitter can take us to promise land,” he said.
“I don’t see it happening, because I see the people they call social media influencers in this country, they are not the kind of people who are thinking progressively about how a nation should be built.”