By Richard Murphy
The identify Yushau Shuaib rings a bell. He writes effectively, however most instances for the fallacious causes. In most situations, he arrogates the monopoly of data to himself, which is a big minus as no human being can declare to be all-knowing.
I have to admit that I’ve adopted his writings religiously particularly as regards to the tenure of the Service Chiefs within the nation. Sure, he has the proper to his opinion. Nonetheless, he should notice that he’s not an authority in safety points. I imagine his first stint at it was through the Goodluck Jonathan period the place he served as a media guide within the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
I dare say that since Sambo Dasuki was relieved of his appointment as Nationwide Safety Adviser, and the following revelations that adopted go well with, Yushau Shuaib has not identified peace for plain causes. The attendant assault on the Muhammadu Buhari administration has been scathing and in most situations completely disrespectful.
That is the premise on which I’m penning this text. I was an admirer of his writings. However not anymore as a result of a state of affairs the place a person ascribes to himself sainthood that needs to be revered in an anomaly. I received’t say it’s a operate of lack of patronage since President Muhammadu Buhari got here on board, however that may’t be dominated out totally as a result of all of us want patronages to maintain life going.
In searching for for that patronage, we should nonetheless not lose sight of the larger image which is and stays the nationwide curiosity. This a lot Yushau Shuaib should come to phrases with and are available again to actuality. Like I discussed earlier, I was a fan of his, however the second I seen his tilt, I withdrew totally, and after that, I at all times learn him with a pinch of salt.
Two points I wish to tackle right here; this can be a new period the place it isn’t enterprise as traditional, and Muhammadu Buhari will not be Sambo Dasuki that was very beneficiant to him with public funds. I’m positive he can’t deny this reality as a result of he certainly was the Chief Media Advisor to the Discussion board of Spokespersons of Safety and Response Companies (FOSSRA), a conduit with which he was paid hefty sums of monies below the Goodluck Jonathan period.
For these questioning what FOSSRRA meant, I’d say it was extra like an avenue for the boys to make good cash. That is on the heels that the previous Nationwide Safety Adviser engaged Yushau Shuaib to function a media guide to the navy, safety, intelligence and response organizations below a unified platform, and had as his core mandate the duty of positioning the businesses for desired public notion and altering the unfavourable narratives relating to the struggle towards terror.
FOSRRA was below the auspices of Workplace of Nationwide Safety Adviser, and the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser footed its payments. And what was his duty because the Chief Media Advisor? Issuing press releases of presidency safety businesses to media homes. What a job description. In impact, that’s good enterprise for any media guide for those who should agree with me.
Having this background in thoughts, one would perceive the place Yushau Shuaib is coming from and why he thinks his views in safety points is sure and amen. Within the mild of this circumstances, it may be mentioned that his scathing assaults on President Muhammadu Buhari is just because the butter on his bread is not forthcoming and as such he’s going for the jugular of the current administration.
In all of those Yushau Shuaib should come to phrases that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be one that may pay writers or media consultants to show the reality on its head. If not for something, the president rode on its principled stance on integrity to energy. This reality might be verified. President Muhammadu Buhari that everyone knows wouldn’t patronize folks to say what will not be, nor his appointees would open the treasury below doubtful nomenclatures for political patronage.
I can simply inform that his writings on the Service Chiefs are on the behest of his principal. Even at that, it should be famous that the President and Commander-in-Chief has the prerogative on the tenure of the Service Chiefs within the nation. I don’t assume there needs to be a foundation for comparability between what we skilled below Goodluck Jonathan and now.
If Yushau Shuaib can be trustworthy sufficient to confess that the extent of dedication by the current crop of Service Chiefs is certainly noteworthy and a deviation from instances previous. As a safety knowledgeable that he claims to be, he ought to know that on this period, there isn’t a room for mediocrity. And this a lot has seen to the quite a few beneficial properties recorded within the combat towards terrorism in Nigeria.
The federal capital territory is not below siege, and the threats posed by the Boko Haram group have primarily been confined to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin area. If this isn’t a plus, I’m wondering what Yushau Shuaib needs us to imagine.
Don’t get me fallacious. I’m not discouraging him from writing, however he ought to do effectively to not insult our sensibilities. I imagine he can write with ardour. However he shouldn’t be propelled by pecuniary curiosity as a result of that was what took us to the place we had been when his boss and paymaster was the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
The problem of Service Chiefs is clearly exterior his purview. He ought to consider areas he has a substantial benefit on the threat of sounding like a damaged trumpet. I additionally imagine that his PR outfit Picture Retailers Promotions Restricted can come again to life in the event that they get their acts proper and have interaction in real enterprise and never the resort to blackmail and half-truths thereby deceptive members of the unsuspecting common public.
I imagine Yushau Shuaib would take this opinion of mine in good religion as a result of I’m conscious he fears the views of others. But, he needs his views to be canonized as a result of he’s the almighty knowledgeable that each one Nigerians ought to revere.
Yushau Shuaib in his capability because the revered knowledgeable on safety affairs must also do effectively to inform Nigerians if there haven’t been concerted efforts to curb the safety challenges within the nation. That is the following project for him, and I’d strongly advise that he does his analysis completely to persuade us on why President Muhammadu Buhari has saved his Service Chiefs.
I wait to listen to from him, similar to the generality of Nigerians. He ought to stroll the speak and be guided by the precept of objectivity.
Murphy is a safety knowledgeable and wrote this piece from Calabar.