By Richard Murphy
The title Yushau Shuaib rings a bell. He writes effectively, however most instances for the improper causes. In most situations, he arrogates the monopoly of information to himself, which is a large minus as no human being can declare to be all-knowing.
I need to admit that I’ve adopted his writings religiously particularly on the subject of the tenure of the Service Chiefs within the nation. Sure, he has the fitting to his opinion. Nonetheless, he should understand that he’s not an authority in safety points. I consider his first stint at it was throughout the Goodluck Jonathan period the place he served as a media marketing consultant 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 recognized peace for simple 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 ought 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 fully as a result of all of us want patronages to maintain life going.
In in search of for that patronage, we should nevertheless 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 fully, and after that, I at all times learn him with a pinch of salt.
Two points I wish to deal with right here; this can be a new period the place it’s not enterprise as normal, and Muhammadu Buhari is just not 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 Marketing consultant to the Discussion board of Spokespersons of Safety and Response Companies (FOSSRA), a conduit with which he was paid hefty sums of monies underneath 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 marketing consultant to the navy, safety, intelligence and response organizations underneath a unified platform, and had as his core mandate the duty of positioning the businesses for desired public notion and altering the unfavorable narratives concerning the warfare in opposition to terror.
FOSRRA was underneath 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 Marketing consultant? Issuing press releases of presidency safety businesses to media homes. What a job description. In impact, that’s good enterprise for any media marketing consultant in case you 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 gentle of this circumstances, it may be stated that his scathing assaults on President Muhammadu Buhari is just because the butter on his bread is now 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 is just not one that will 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 could be verified. President Muhammadu Buhari that everyone knows wouldn’t patronize individuals to say what is just not, nor his appointees would open the treasury underneath 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 have to 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 ought to be a foundation for comparability between what we skilled underneath Goodluck Jonathan and now.
If Yushau Shuaib could be sincere 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 skilled 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 positive aspects recorded within the battle in opposition to terrorism in Nigeria.
The federal capital territory is now not underneath 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 ponder what Yushau Shuaib desires us to consider.
Don’t get me improper. I’m not discouraging him from writing, however he ought to do effectively to not insult our sensibilities. I consider 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 have been when his boss and paymaster was the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
The difficulty of Service Chiefs is clearly outdoors his purview. He ought to think about areas he has a substantial benefit on the danger of sounding like a damaged trumpet. I additionally consider that his PR outfit Picture Retailers Promotions Restricted can come again to life in the event that they get their acts proper and interact in real enterprise and never the resort to blackmail and half-truths thereby deceptive members of the unsuspecting basic public.
I consider 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 desires his views to be canonized as a result of he’s the almighty skilled that each one Nigerians ought to revere.
Yushau Shuaib in his capability because the revered skilled 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 subsequent 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, identical to the generality of Nigerians. He ought to stroll the speak and be guided by the precept of objectivity.
Murphy is a safety skilled and wrote this piece from Calabar.