Festus Keyamo (SAN), Director of Strategic Communications of the Buhari 2019 Campaign Organisation, has been condemned on Twitter for manipulating images.
Keyamo had posted a photo of a tree growing on a rail track in Gaza, in the disputed area between Israel and Palestine, and passed it off as Nigeria.
He captioned the photo: “This is how trees grew in-between rail tracks between 1999 and 2015.
“Those were the years of ‘Initiation and Started’, when they swallowed all the money but never completed.
“Now, this is the ‘Completion Era’ as the tracks are beginning to roar back to life.” he wrote.
But some Twitter users decided to do a Google image search and discovered that the photo was first posted online on October 5 by a Chadi Faraj in Gaza and retweeted by A Paulikevich on October 6.
Many commentators then attacked Keyamo for lying and attempting to deceive Nigerians.
This is how trees grew in-between rail tracks between 1999 and 2015. Those were the years of ‘Initiation and Started’, when they swallowed all the money but never completed. Now, this is the ‘Completion Era’ as the tracks are beginning to roar back to life. pic.twitter.com/NKNhAfBvGn
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) October 28, 2018
Festus posts an image from #Gaza & claims it grew between 1999 & 2015 in Nigeria.
This image was 1st shared by @chadifaraj (on 5 Oct & RTed by @A_Paulikevitch on the 6th) to show one effect of the Israeli siege on #Palestine.@AMADICHIMA rightly exposed you as a FRAUD! pic.twitter.com/pZp9UQkt8P
— AsQ 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@AsQTweets) October 28, 2018
Festus (Stephanie Otobo) @fkeyamo know nothing else than lies upon lies to defend his lifeless, clueless and certificateless boss.
— Nura Sabo Anku🇳🇬 (@Nsa20) October 28, 2018
So @APCNigeria and @fkeyamo now moves from one country to another to collect pictures in order to fool Nigerians,
From Netherland construction to
Indian Rice farm
And now Israeli Rail road@fkeyamo is a shame to his profession.
— 'Bode St.Danyel (@stDanyel) October 28, 2018
Shame on U @fkeyamo u can't even thoroughly research the job U r paid to do…Sad!
— ACANAYO (@ACANAYO1) October 29, 2018