The Nigerians who put their trust in Arise TV to hold President Muhammadu Buhari accountable have started expressing regret.
The TV station covered last year’s EndSARS protests extensively, a move that drew wrath from the government but attracted love from the people.
But Nigeria’s social media space is currently awash with posts bashing the Arise TV journalists who just interviewed the president.
There is a photo making the rounds showing the journalists, including a lady who is known for weeping copiously when discussing Nigeria’s problems on air, smiling as they posed for a photograph with the president and his media aides.
The Arise TV interview will be aired 8am on Thursday, the station said in a YouTube promo.
The photo must have been taken before or after the interview which was conducted ahead of Buhari’s visit to Lagos.
Some Nigerians have taken to social media to denounce the Arise TV journalists, one of whom is former presidency media aide Reuben Abati.
Abati was a spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“None of these people can be trusted,” one commenter wrote on social media. Many, like this commenter, believed Arise TV has been bought by the Buhari regime.
“You see why I always say that I trust myself only,” another commenter wrote.
“See the Arise TV crew all smily and cosy with Buhari especially that lady that always cries on air about kidnapping.
“Anyway let me not be critical yet. Let me see their interview first to see if they asked the hard questions.”