by Gimba Kakanda
We manufacture stories of triumphs over Boko Haram to serve whose interests? Even though I’m also keen about changing the narratives of the ongoing counter-terrorism to mitigate the fear of the perverts, we need to employ some fact-checking strategies in understanding what’s really happening up north. There are better ways to communicate with the nation. The people are not dumb, at least not all of them.
For, while we celebrate stories of imaginary victories, our people, innocent citizens, are being killed, with the lucky becoming destitute in strange towns and refugees of unhygienic camps. Of the politicians in the north-east, whatever be your political affiliation, the humanitarian efforts of Atiku Abubakar in his home state are commendable. We need more political leaders rising up for the members of their constituency in this most trying moment of their existence – and aggregating the real stories there for international press conferences. If we don’t know the exact stories, how do we proffer solutions, how do we even assure the international community to intervene and save us from us?
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