Jan 28, 2015 – John Kerry’s Visit To Nigeria: We Need The Truth Not Propaganda By Okafor Johnmary
Am yet to understand if we really have a well-informed President in this our country Nigeria or President who doesn’t seek for right and factual information from sources meant to be loyal to Him before speaking or is it that Dr. Reuben Abati said what he likes on behalf of the President or is the current hotness of the seat making the President to say what He is not sure about, or is it an intentional propaganda to mislead Nigerians? Or was it said in fear of America? Or fear of John Kelly? Or in support of new form of colonialism in the name “Imperialism”, or fear of Obama? Or is that the country is no more sovereign from external influences (Imperialism)? Or ITT (International thief-thief like Legendary and most conscious African Afro beat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti sang long ago) reaffirming their position in the country once again as the election is fast approaching?
What brought all this question I asked above is the recent visit of United States Secretary of States, Mr. John Kerry. And Our Amiable President Statement on our National Security and Bilateral relationship with United States of America after a closed door meeting he had with the Kerry.
The President said he was grateful for America standing with Nigeria and its people in the nation’s fight against Boko haram and reaffirmed his administrations commitment to working together with the US to put an end to global terrorism and particularly Boko haram. This was on the same day that Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex voiced out that major rift between the Nigerian and the America military authorities have been hampering the fight against Boko haram militants, who have been carrying out murderous attacks and kidnappings on villages and towns in the North-East.
According to him, Relationship between American military trainers and specialists advising the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko haram is so strained that the Pentagon often bypasses Nigeria altogether, choosing to work instead with the military of the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. This was on the same day that the President said “I reaffirmed to Kerry that Nigeria is strongly committed to building the multinational task force to fight Boko haram in partnership with Cameroon, Chad, Benin republic and Niger under the auspice of the lake Chad Basin Commission. Instead of asking why Mr. Kelly why America must bypass Nigeria to help neighboring poor countries when Nigeria according to the President, is the largest trading partner of the US in Africa with over $18 Billion in bilateral trade?
On the same day that the President was praising America’s assistance in combating insurgency in Nigeria may be due to fear caused by the present of Kerry even when Obama has not come yet instead of discussing the security issue with Kerry, The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex made known fact that has been in doubt for long which is that Federal government on December canceled the last stage of American training of the newly-created Nigerian Army battalion and there has been no resumption of the training since then because America refused to sell Cobra attack helicopters and other lethal weapons to Nigeria Government to combat Boko haram on the unfriendly excuse that they cannot maintain it(Contrary to magnanimous praise on America by GEJ)
The President also noted that Nigeria and America shares common shares mutual admiration for one another and a deep commitment to freedom, democracy and human right. While not mutual admiration and deep commitment on corruption, embezzlement of public funds, high rate of poverty, high cost of living, insurgency, and high level of unemployment to say but a few.
It is becoming hard to get factual information in this country especially since this election is fast approaching. That’s why I am advising my fellow youths to always follow different dailies both offline and online, both print, electronic medias and read all before forming personal or public opinion on agenda for discussion. It is era of Propaganda(information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view or Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. Propaganda can be used as a form of ideological or commercial warfare) but reading carefully and consciously can help we youths know the truth.
[About the author: Okafor Nzube Johnmary, Freelancer,journalist/writer, email@example.com, Twitter= jeanontwitta]