HOW BOKO HARAM CONQUERED NIGERIA.
Boko Haram carries out a terror attack, it has just occured, details are still very sketchy...BUT the ‘great Nigerian journalists’ swing into action immediately.
Sahara Reporters: “BOKO HARAM STRIKES AGAIN, HUNDREDS BUTCHERED.”
Vanguard Newspapers: “Scores feared killed in another Boko Haram attack.”
Punch Newspapers: “Nigerian soldiers flee as Boko Haram raids town.”
The Nation: “Anarchy in the land as Boko Haram kills 200.”
These are the scary headlines that most Nigerian journalists will feed to their already troubled fellow citizens’ minutes after the occurrence, without carrying out any investigations. Can you blame them? They are simply sharing information and telling Nigerians the true situation of things, same message opposition figures have been trying to tell the whole nation.
Next day after the Boko Haram attacks, the Nigerian security agencies (the only organization(s) authorized to give details on such attacks) comes forth and briefs the nation on the latest encounter with terrorists. The security spokesman or woman tells the world that the insurgents actually struck, killing 18 civilians, 2 soldiers and losing over 50 of their evil members.
Unfortunately, it’s too late, Nigerians will not believe; the international media has already culled reports from the Vanguards, Punchs’ and Sahara Reporters insisting that the terrorists killed and maimed hundreds while the Nigerian army ran away with their tails between their legs. Pictures of mutilated corpses, burnt out buildings and other gory visuals are published, all in bid to convince Nigerians of how hopeless their armed forces really are.
Meanwhile, the terrorist leader and his lieutenants retire back to their forest den armed with transistor radios and satellite phones monitoring the impact and spread of their recent terror attack on ‘infidel’ Nigeria. They are satisfied, even as their new recruits are busy burying fallen comrades in nearby bushes.
The terrorists conclude that it is only a matter of time before they subdue their enemies psychologically and march towards Abuja, all thanks to their ‘subconscious’ public relations officers scattered all over the country.
The terrorist leader rejoices at the fact that Nigerians now only believe the jihadists’ own version of events, and not what their elected ‘clueless’ leader tells them. He thinks to himself, "Finally, ‘Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad’ has won the propaganda war; our leaders and suicide bombers did not die in vain."
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