Between Kadaria Ahmed and the Government of Nigeria is a conspiracy to hide the crimes and the criminals behind the upheavals in the North of Nigeria. But then hiding the crimes and the criminals has not helped the Government to solve the mayhem in the northern territory.
Many years ago the Government of Nigeria kicked the international news Agencies out of the refugee camps and from the military operations in the Northeast. That didn’t improve the insecurity in the area nor did it improve the woeful performance of the Nigerian military in the war against terror in Northeastern Nigeria.
If a BBC reporter could penetrate the conflict zone and talk to both sides in the fights in Zamfara, why can’t the security forces find and subdue bandits that live in open communities and with tracked GSM phones?
Why is the Government so determined to hide the facts from the world while doing nothing to stop the mayhem? That report “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara” changed the nations and the world’s understanding of the issues driving the conflict. We now know that at the bottom of it all is an ethnic conflict over land and that there is a smouldering conflict between indigenous Hausa and migrant Fulani.
The Buhari government has been trying to seed the same problem across Nigeria with grazing route, RUGA policies.
The BBC report follows faithfully in the line of factual reporting from both sides of the conflict. It meets all standards of fairness in public communication.
Governments will always have their secrets but it is the duty of the journalist to dig it out and report it to the public. The reporter has no responsibility to respect the secret of government in a matter of public interest. The BBC reporter deserves an award or at least an honourable mention.
Thanks to the BBC, the issues in conflict are becoming clearer and better understood. The government cannot keep hiding the sores of the north. It festers and turns gangrenous. And that is where we are now.
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