“The dislodged Boko Haram insurgents (Boko Haram) are regrouping on the Benue/Nasarawa border” – Nasarawa State Governor, Governor Abdullahi Sule. Briefing State House Correspondents after meeting with PMB in Abuja.
“I called Nasarawa governor and he said no Boko Haram in the state. The Governor said it was a case of being quoted out of context” – Lai Mohammed. Briefing the media at Abuja.
“The governor was quoted verbatim. This is what is happening in Nasarawa State. “Please, I am appealing for support from the federal might, and we stand by it.” – Dogo Shammah, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Nasarawa State. Briefing the Media in Jalingo
With these two opposing statements, who do we believe, and how can the media creditably discharge it’s functions of advocacy, and enlightenment to the populace without being charged for hate speech.? Who should the Federal Government and security agencies believe?.
In my view, it is better to err on the side of caution. The Federal Government should assume the insurgents are regrouping and put battle plans in place to dislodge them before they get entrenched.
Just thinking aloud!