Why Should Buhari’s Absence At The Meeting On Boko Haram Provoke Such Enormous Backlash? By Abubakar Kagu
I was reading all the cacophony on media on why GMB failed to attend a meeting on Boko Haram in the on-going UN general assembly. If you honestly think Boko Haram and all its surrounding menace and contingencies would be tackled from New York, then you need to revisit your knowledge and understanding of political history. Ten years down the lane, New York had neither annihilated Taliban nor altered the capabilities of Al Shabab. Instead, we hear of fighters trained and sponsored from that axis handing over weapons to Al Nusra. But it is also understandable that irrespective of how distorted and misplaced a media report is, many are gullible to raw consumption. Thomas Sowell once said, “if people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” The challenge of distinguishing what news is credible and what is capricious may often be difficult, especially in this ear of ‘infobesity’ and a thinning line between fact and fiction.
Over the years we have learnt that the fight against Boko Haram and other similar militant groups is nowhere about meetings in New York or any of the customary cathedrals of diplomatic jamboree. And certainly, the fight cannot be won in some cosy Manhattan structure. The real deal is on the battlefields of Gamboru, Alagarno et al. So far, we are winning the war; and winning fast. Boko Haram is already in tatters. Thanks to PMB’s resolve to take the fight deep in to the heartland of the enemy and not to dwell on unending discourse, press briefings or some paper theories over a cup of coffee. Arguably, the most important parties in this war are our neighbours of Chad, Niger and Cameroun. Now that we have a formidable framework of collaboration, revamped by PMB since he assumed office, we can say there is light at the end of this gory tunnel. By the way, have we forgotten too soon that GMB has met and discussed these issues at an even more serene clime i.e. the G7 meeting in Germany? Also, the President was part of this week’s AU Peace and Security Council held at the Permanent Observer Mission of the AU to the United Nations. All these are strategic strides that we should not ignore.
Please take a shot at the response of the Presidency, it may not satisfy everyone of us, but it makes sense to many people that are acquainted with the multiple rowdy sessions of the UN General Assembly. This is a meeting of more than four thousand delegates from over one hundred and fifty countries, choking every corridor of every floor of the UN building. Moreover, it is evident that this much talked about ‘meeting’ was in fact a fraction of the marathons of side meetings that hold throughout this annual event. Addressing the General Assembly is the key; it is where every participating President is expected to deliver his message and the message of his people. Those side meetings are a different ball entirely. This whole noise about PMB’s absence is irrational and trivial. a
Abubakar Bukar Kagu is a Research Scholar at the Law School, University
of Sussex. United Kingdom.
Email: abbakagu@gmail. com