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PMnews: Nigerian Zombie Governor

August 29, 2013

Yesterday, PM News, “First with Nigerian News”, published “Taraba’s Zombie Gov Dissolves Cabinet” about the Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, dissolving the state cabinet.

The “zombie” is only in the headline, and to be fair it’s not clear if “gov” meant governor or government. The article does refer to the governor as “incapacitated” but since the article is about dissolution of the cabinet, the “zombie gov” headline could maybe also refer to the government more than the governor. Nevertheless, it seems many read it as calling the governor a zombie and it created something of a small stir in the comments with many comments expressing offense at the use of the word to describe a governor.

I wonder if “zombie” is a much more offensive term in Nigeria or if Nigerians are more offended by denigrating public officials, or if this is just normal comment chatter:

Sunny Akhigbe
August 28, 2013 – 5:17 pm
It is not appropriate to use the word zombie to describe a governor no matter what

Clearly Sunny Akhigbe has not read this blog. And there’s more:

August 28, 2013 – 4:35 pm
the man is a zombie really? this is an abuse of press freedom.i advise the taraba state goverment to sue this paper for 10million dollars for the use of this word to describe a man who i still alive. a zombie by definition is a dead and buried putrefying matter thats made to walk by means of magical powers. i wonder how thi relates to the ailing governor of taraba state. am sure you are getting your legal team ready cos this insult will not go in vain

August 28, 2013 – 5:35 pm
Calling the Returnee Governor a Zombie is in bad taste. Pmnews better update the caption unless you have an axe to grind with the governor. …


August 28, 2013 – 6:25 pm
Zombie Governor? That’s a terrible word to describe a state governor.


August 28, 2013 – 8:58 pm
PM news is nothing but entertainer. I think the editor in chief need some re-orientation or be sacked.

and suggesting partisanship:

August 28, 2013 – 4:48 pm
This is Yoruba PM NEWS for you calling a state governor ZOMBIE so what will PM NEWS call TINUBU madness in Lagos State. Yorubas are dogs who refuses to eat it own shitttttt.

Then two responses to paul, further name-calling:

August 29, 2013 – 12:11 am
@paul, u are guilty of the falacy of hasty generalization, u r so domb n fulish cos if ur ok and understnd ur history and origin u wont be ignorantly attacking the yoruba nation.


August 28, 2013 – 5:14 pm

Few see some irony:

August 28, 2013 – 5:36 pm
PM news I think you need to retract this head line, as we know the man has no idea what’s happening around .
For me I think the zombies are the people of Taraba if they allow this to happen in my view.


August 29, 2013 – 12:24 am
The word ‘zombie has both connotative and denotative meaning, however in dis context it could just mean incapacitated or inactive. And who says d paper do nt have poetic license to use such word for a governor if need be, plss attack d issue and nt d paper joor

Yes! Yes, what abdul said: “plss attack d issue and nt d paper”!!! Because I still have no idea what the heck is going on in Nigerian politics! >?


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