Sunday, January 16, 2022

Nigerian media helping Boko Haram, bandits succeed: COAS

“If their (insurgents) activities are denied media publicity, fifty percent of the military’s job would have been done.”

• January 13, 2022
Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya,
A photo of Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria]

The Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, on Thursday said media reporting of the activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists contribute to their victory.

“Insurgents and bandits thrive on the publicity they get from a section of the media,” Mr Yahaya said.

Mr Yahaya disclosed this in a statement by Nigerian Army spokesperson, Onyeama Nwachuku, adding that “if their (insurgents) activities are denied media publicity, fifty percent of the military’s job would have been done.”

Mr Faruk further said that the “expectations of the NA are that the media will continue to support the efforts of the military, as part of their patriotic duty, by giving publicity to troops’ operations, which he said, will undoubtedly shore up troops’ morale and fighting will.”

The COAS will not be the first government official to blame the media for some of the Buhari regime’s notorious and unending failures. 

In October 2021, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, also accused the media of bullying the Buhari regime, whereas, it is the regime that has been pushing to gag the media and has sponsored several bills to that effect at the national assembly.

In 2017, former Chief of Army Staff and now Nigeria’s ambassador to the Benin Republic, Tukur Buratai, ordered the clamping down on Premium Times for refusing to pull down a story about the Nigerian army.

For exposing how the son of Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari, Bolaji Gambari, runs a cabal within Aso Rock, the Buhari regime ordered telcos to block readers from accessing the Peoples Gazette’s website.

Also, in June 2021, the regime banned Twitter for deleting a tweet in which Mr Buhari threatened a repeat of the civil war genocide against young Igbos in the South-Eastern part of the country, a development that was globally condemned as repressive and anti-democratic.

More from Peoples Gazette

Simon Lalong


Lalong to empower residents by turning Plateau lands to capital: Commissioner

The commissioner said the state was pushing for residents to acquire titles for their lands so as to prevent abuse.

Super Eagles


AFCON: Super Eagles celebrate Sudan victory, promise more wins ahead

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea Bissau next in their final group game on Wednesday.


Banditry: Katsina reopens cattle markets, fuel stations

The cattle markets were earlier closed as part of measures to tackle cattle rustling and banditry in the state.

NEF Chair Ango Abdullahi, Muhammadu Buhari and NEF Spokesperson Hakeem Baba-Ahmed


2023: NEF clamours for northern president, says he must be better than Buhari

“If you must be a Northerner who’s better than all the candidates; for us, that’s the bottom line.”

Mo Salah


AFCON: Salah scores as Egypt pip Guinea-Bissau

With Saturday’s win, Egypt now has 3 points in two games, ranking second behind Nigeria’s 6 points in two games.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu


Akeredolu disburses N7.5 million loan to 52 widows of slain soldiers

The governor says the loan would ensure that the widows of the fallen heroes do not rely on the society for survival.