Ethiopian airlines consultant Mr Ikechi Uko on Friday refuted the claim that the airlines is taking over the management of Nigeria largest private airline, Arik air.
Mr Ikechi Iko said this in a Facebook post which was obtained by Sagetravels.com
It was reported that Ethiopian airlines is negotiating with the Nigerian government to take over the management of Arik Airlines following the bid opened by the Nigerian government. It was also reported that Ethiopian airlines decided to take over Arik air in a quest to expand their presence in West Africa.
Uko, in the post, described the news as fake. According to him, the Nigerian government approached Ethiopian airlines sometimes this year to handle the management of Arik air but the was no agreement between the two parties.
He said, there is no way Ethiopian airlines will be taking over the management of Arik Air without the knowledge of the aviation minister and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) since Arik air is under AMCON.
How Arik, Ethiopian Airlines rumour became fake news and made headlines.
Aviation journalists in Nigeria sweated a lot last week over fake news about the takeover of Arik by Ethiopian Airlines. After CNN and Reuters turned rumour into news the Editors wanted the journalists to do their job. The Aviation journalists knew the news is fake but the editors believed in Almighty Reuters and CNN.
Sometimes this year the Federal government approached ET to handle management of Arik but the discussion didn’t progress. A mischievous Nigerian journalist kept pushing the rumours that it was done. When his paper wouldn’t publish it he gave it to Sahara Reporters to publish. An unsuspecting Nigerian Ambassador believing this to be true recently gave an interview to an Ethiopian Journalist claiming that the Nigerian Government has given ET the Airline. AIN a respected Aviation journal lifted the story believing the Nigerian official has clout as an Ambassador.
I guess Reuters and CNN then lifted the story and added background info using the rumours earlier promoted by the Nigerian Journalist. TheCable published it and mayhem broke out yesterday. Because the Aviation journalists have sources in AMCON and the Ministry of Aviation they knew the story is not true. Arik is under AMCON so it cannot be taken over without the Ministry of Aviation and AMCON involved. This is why a journalist should not be doing part time propaganda for politicians. He can carry it over to tralee news. Now Donald Trump is right about CNN it seems.ooops.
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