A media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu has sent a stinging rebuke to the Financial Times of London, following an article on the Buhari administration.
The article was titled “What is Nigeria’s Government For,” and authored by David Piling, in the newspaper’s edition of 31 January 2022.
“The caricature of a Government sleepwalking into disaster is predictable from a correspondent who jets briefly in and out of Nigeria on the same British Airways flight he so criticises”, Garba replied in his short and sharp rejoinder.
“He highlights rising banditry in my country as proof of such slumber.
“What he leaves out are the security gains made over two Presidential terms.
“The terror organisation Boko Haram used to administer an area the size of Belgium at inauguration; now, they control no territory.
“The first comprehensive plan to deal with decades-old clashes between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers – experienced across the width of the Sahel – has been introduced: pilot ranches are reducing the competition for water and land that drove past tensions.
“Banditry grew out of such clashes. Criminal gangs took advantage of the instability, flush with guns that flooded the region following the Western-triggered implosion of Libya.
“The situation is grave.
“Yet as with other challenges, it is one that the government will face down”, Shehu concluded.