The only reason I have not commented on the killing of Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali by Boko Haram is because I am trying to understand if we have a new terror group in the north east.
Our president told us that Boko Haram was defeated in December 2015 and the Chief of Army Staff confirmed that the terror group has been so badly beaten that they can’t mount any organized attack.
Since then we have been reading about multiple organized attacks by Boko Haram against our troops including attacking military barracks. If the attacks were restricted to suicide bombings alone, we can understand that to mean fringe attacks by a retreating gang of terrorists that will fizzle out.
Reports say that officer was killed in an attack on a battalion he commands. The attack came days after we read about missing soldiers who were victims of ambush by Boko Haram. We are yet to read about their recovery alive.
Defeated militias don’t have capacity for such attacks.
My advice to the managers of information at all levels is to avoid lying to the people regardless of the situation. Either you tell the truth or simply keep quiet and explain later when things improve. People need to believe everything that comes from official government sources and be able to reference it as settled fact.
A lying government is a failed government.
There should be no ambiguity in official government communication and those involved should always use simple words that people can understand without efforts like checking the dictionary to understand Obahagbon.
In all these I stand with Nigerian soldiers fighting against Boko Haram and their sponsors. May their victory be total at the war fronts with no more loss of lives.