- A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, has suggested that there is bias behind reporting about killings in the country
- Shehu explains why security challenges in Nigeria are not new
- The federal government has been hit with heavy criticisms following attacks by bandits in some states
A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, has said that the way killings in the country are being reported under the Muhammadu Buhari administration is like it had never happened before.
He said stated that President Buhari seems to be a target in the way killings are being reported now.
Shehu made the statement when he appeared on the Channels TV programme, Politics Today.
He argued that there is a determination by some people to make security the narrative that will lead to the next election in 2023.
According to him:
''We are not sad, we are not happy that people are killing one another, but the way reporting is done, is to suggest to you that it has never happened.''
Shehu disclosed that he once came across a newspaper that reported that 20 people were kidnapped on November 7, 1966, in the midwest.
‘’If something like that happens today, it will be reported as if there has never been an incident like that in the history of this country.''
Meanwhile, the Islamic cleric and frontline mediator in the battle to end the scourge of banditry in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged the federal government to take his advice and grant amnesty to bandits for them to lay down their arms.
Gumi told the newspaper on Friday, April 15, that the incident had underscored his position that bandits were now at war with the nation.
In another news, armed bandits have laid siege in Zamfara state as over 100 citizens have been killed by the rampaging gunmen within the week.
The killings became too frequent, prompting a reaction from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president said in a statement: “Such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later. This insane and persistent violence against innocent people must stop.