The All Progressives Congress, APC, national publicity secretary, Lai Muhammed has implored the media to reflect the federal government resolve towards tackling terrorism in the country.
Muhammed made the call during the Award of Fellow of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, conferred on him by the union in recognition of his contribution to journalism in Abuja Thursday.
He charged media not rest on their oars, especially at this time that the nation faces huge challenges in almost all sectors, adding 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.
“I want to use this important platform provided by the NUJ – a professional media organisation aiming to connect journalists nationwide with the information and opportunities they need to advance professionally and improve media in Nigeria – to appeal to the media to reflect, in their reporting, the seriousness with which the new Administration is approaching the Boko Haram insurgency.
“It is not just enough for the media to daily chronicle the attacks and the death tolls therefrom, they must also contextualize such reporting.
“In other words, whereas there appears to have been a spike in Boko Haram attacks in recent times, what is indeed happening is 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.”
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Source:: New Mail