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Friday, October 29, 2021

No ‘insecurity’ in Nigeria?

 No ‘insecurity’ in Nigeria?

SIR: Nigeria has recently been voted for as one of the safest countries in the world to live in. It has a zero-crime rate and you’re a lot safer walking the streets of Lagos than you are in London or New York.

This, of course, is one big fat lie!

As part of his Eid el Maulud message to the nation, President Buhari suggested that the “time has come to revise the prefixes ‘rising insecurity’ with ‘declining insecurity’!

In short, he was asking us to be economical with the truth. Of course, the DSS can only do so much to stop the truth getting out and now the Presidency is politely asking journalists to “lie small” (or else?).

Twitter is down (unless you are using a VPN) and any other social media site used to discuss the rising insecurity in the country can be shut down with a single nod from Aso Rock.

Now, we can’t all be government megaphones!  As a reporter/journalist/columnist, we have a job – and responsibility – to report what we see, truthfully, for the benefit of the populace. To follow the president’s directive would be like telling a doctor to downplay the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The general public has a right to know what is going on in the world around them. If you downplay the insecurity in the country, you risk lulling people into a false sense of security and the criminals will become bolder knowing the people have dropped their guard.

A journalist code of ethic requires that a journalist serve the people with devotion, educate while avoiding sensationalism without distorting or manipulating the facts.

Isn’t it a fact that in the past few weeks of ‘declining insecurity’ in Nigeria, the following has happened; 43 people killed in a Bandit attack in Sokoto State;10 bandits killed in Giwa LG, Kaduna; village head kidnapped in Katsina; the NDLEA made more than 700 arrests and bandits kill 12 in Zamfara?

And that’s not taking into account all the other ‘minor’ crimes like the herdsmen going on the rampage, again, and everywhere; cultists killing one another in running battles across the country; armed robbers and kidnappers having a field day across the federation.

Control the media and you can control the people forever; it works well in North Korea, China, Russia and some African countries and now it’s slowly becoming practice again in Nigeria.

Soon, we’ll be writing that the glorious Nigerian Army has exterminated all but five members of the dreaded Boko Haram: Governor Nasir el-Rufai has announced that Kaduna State is finally bandit-free; that the Southeast is the most peaceful – and safest – place to live in Nigeria and all yahoo-yahoo boys and cultists are being rounded up.

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