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Media Must Reflect FG’s New Resolve To Tackle Boko Haram –Lai Mohammed

Posted: Jul 25, 2015 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oladunjoye Phillip,  Lagos


The publicity secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed, has appealed to the media to reflect the seriousness with which the new administration is approaching the Boko Haram insurgency in their reporting.

Mohammed, who made the appeal while receiving the Award of the Fellow of NUJ bestowed on him by the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said it was not just enough for the media to daily chronicle the attacks and the death tolls recorded through the Boko Haram attacks but that they must also contextualize such reporting.

He said though there appears to have been a spike in Boko Haram attacks in recent times, but clarifies that what had happened was that the terrorists have been forced to change tactics, because they have been weakened and put on the run.

“Lone wolf suicide bombings and the choice of soft targets by retreating Boko Haram members are now the order of the day, as against the terrorists’ previous coordinated actions of seizing and holding territories. Today, not a single local government in Nigeria is under the control of Boko Haram, unlike in the recent past when they held a huge swath of territory, installed their own emirs and even collected taxes.

“This is not an accident. It is a result of the more methodical and focused approach of the present Administration to the anti-terror fight, which includes the tightening of security at border locations that has made it difficult for the terrorists to manoeuvre. This approach is a far cry from the previous haphazard activities,” he explained.

He also noted that the necessary structures for the effective coordination of the battle against the terrorists have been put in place both within and outside the country, which he said was due to the regional rallying efforts of the Buhari Administration, adding that vital international input and support have become more real and are adding value to the counter-terrorism campaign.

“To cap these efforts, the Nigeria-led, Chad-based Multi-National Joint Task Force will be deployed by the end of this month. it is therefore a matter of time for Boko Haram to be defeated. This monster cannot and will not survive,” he said.

Mohammed said he dedicated his award to the Nigerian Media for their role in strengthening democracy in the country as well as their excellent performance in the recent historic and successful transition from a ruling party to the opposition.

“I make bold to say that the Nigerian media have performed their constitutionally-assigned role creditably, despite tough challenges and a few setbacks here and there.

The media must, however, not rest on their oars, especially at this time that our nation faces huge challenges in almost all sectors. It is no longer news that the Buhari Administration inherited a near comatose economy, dilapidated infrastructure, massive corruption and a high level of insecurity, exacerbated by the six-year terror campaign in North-east Nigeria,” he said, calling on the media to give full support to the new government.