It was a mere coincidence that Nigeria’s anti SARS protests happened about the same time as the American presidential elections of November 3 2020. The aftermath of both in this era of a deadly pandemic with the attendant lockdowns and the effect of that on the security and stability of both nations, form a part of our discussion today. The anti SARS protests ended in arson and looting in Nigeria and the ensuing insecurity has been sadly on such massive scale, all over the nation in a way that makes Nigeria look a lot like a failed state. In the US there is what one can easily refer as a ‘failed election’ in that the loser on paper for now, has refused to concede which is not only a strange thing in American politics, but President Donald Trump has also blatantly shouted from the rooftops as it were, that the 2020 US presidential elections were rigged and that was why he lost. Nevertheless there is an institution celebrating the loss of the American president and pressuring him to concede by all means and that is CNN. It is the role of the CNN in the coverage of the US presidential election as well as its documentaries on the anti SARS protests in Nigeria especially with the alleged killings at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20 that we shall also examine today to assess the credibility of CNN as an impartial or objective news outlet. We shall also see the import of that for the security and stability of both Nigeria and the nation where CNN is domiciled, which is the USA.
Let me state clearly that prior to the election of Donald Trump as US president in 2016 I have always had the greatest respect for CNN as an objective news medium and institution. That changed because CNN could not contain its disappointment that Trump won the 2016 presidential election just as it could not contain its glee that Trump has lost the 2020 election even though he has gone to court to contest what he called a rigged election. Similarly CNN coverage of the Lekki alleged killings showed such recklessness in promoting discord and violence in Nigeria that only accentuates my distrust and disrespect for CNN as a credible news outlet. I expect the Nigerian government to make its views known on the matter. But as a patriotic Nigerian proud of the anti SARS movement and the guts of its leaders, CNN simply used the Lekki alleged killings which the Army has denied saying it fired rubber bullets into the air, to portray Nigeria in bad light. It was a coverage whose aim is to set Nigerian youths against their nation and its leaders. Surely this is a sign of things to come in the Biden Administration which the CNN proudly supports but whose cultural and value orientation are at odds with African values culture, customs and dignity. As I have always written the Biden Administration will promote LGBT and homophobia and will try to influence Nigeria and its youths in that regard. This anti SARS Lekki killings documentary is a Greek gift to Nigerian youths that they have overseas support and our youths should learn from history. The same Americans of the liberal ilk promoted the Arab Spring of 2011 which overthrew despots in North Africa like Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Housni Mubarak of Egypt. Today many of the youths in the Egyptian uprising are in Egyptian jails under a quasi military dictatorship and Libya is in ruins and Nigerian youths who fled there enroute Europe on the false excuse of being discriminated against in Nigeria as gays, are being sold as slaves in Libya and are running back home with tales of woe. Nigerian youths should use their resources and intellect which are good enough to challenge the authorities for a more humane leadership that appreciates youth development, justice, and advancement of equity within the ambits of the law. That is where a rosy future beckons not on the mischief and antics of a media institution like CNN that has contributed to the division of the USA such that some people refer to that nation as the UDSA – the Union of Divided States of America.
This is not to say that CNN needlessly picked an ax to grind with Donald Trump who drew the ire of the media giant when he branded them dangerously as ‘fake news’, which has stuck ever since. To any news media worth its name that was an unmitigated assault on their credibility and CNN has never forgiven Trump on this. But then CNN threw caution and objectivity to the winds in attacking Trump on any issue whatso ever. They used the pandemic to portray their president as wicked, uncaring and careless with the pandemic. They assailed any measure he was optimistic on with regard to the pandemic and only admitted he was right that the pandemic vaccine was on the way this year only when they saw he had lost the election. As at now CNN and the anti Trump media have led the US to the brink of insecurity and horror of political instability with their handling of the hatred of Trump both since his election and now the unbridled gloating over his purported reelection failure. It is no wonder then that a senior Republican senator has raised the alarm that if the Republicans accept the results of the mail box election without ascertaining its integrity, the Republicans will never taste power in the US again. That shows real desperation and it says a lot on how far the Republicans will go to make Donald Trump win a second term. That, certainly, will be over the dead bodies of media giants like CNN who already are celebrating Donald Trump’s electoral funeral in the 2020 presidential elections.
Whilst the US is reeling from the prospect of political confusion arising from alleged electoral fraud by its incumbent president the main after math of the anti SARS protests in Nigeria is pervasive insecurity and lawlessness. In Katsina state, home state of the president, bandits reportedly kidnapped six Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASPs–and are demanding a ransom of 100m naira. The owners of luxury buses on Lagos North routes have threatened to boycott such routes because of incessant robberies and kidnapping on such routes. In Lagos the government is trying to bring sanity to the roads where okada drivers have been banned and danfos drive against traffic rules but these drivers and riders attacked the government team trying to enforce the law. One grim consequence of the anti SARS protests was the burning of police stations and the killing of policemen and that has created a security vacuum and lukewarm police presence in areas where the protests were held as well as areas where bandits and hoodlums hold sway normally nation wide. It is an issue that government should arrest urgently. A government in a democracy is government of the people by the people and for the people. That is the essence of political stability where people feel safe during the day or night. It is the guarantee that is the mandate of government, that the state must not lose control of violence in its territorial area, which is the meaning of territorial integrity. The alternative is the usurpation of government power by bandits, hoodlums and miscreants which seem the order of the day nowadays. Government must nip that in the bud urgently in our collective interest. Once again. From the fury of this pandemic, Good Lord Deliver Nigeria.