One of the biggest voices on social media in Northerner Nigeria, Mr. Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga has condemned Daily Trust reportage he sees as giving bandits prominence. Mr. Zagga wrote:
“Who cares about an outlaw’s escapades when we are counting body bags?
“Making a bandit the centre of attention or your cover story for downing a Nigerian Air Force Jet borders on poor editorial judgement. This prominent publicity given to a callous outlaw by Daily Trust is unmerited. Sometimes we glorify criminals unwittingly or without even realising it.
” I have a video of the recent capture of Nigerian soldiers by the ISWAP terrorists, but I intentionally refused to use the story, lest I make mass murderers look like heroes. I would rather celebrate the killing or capture of terrorists and bandits than share videos of criminals killing security forces.
“Telling your readers about the escapades of an outlaw, including his ability to shoot down a fighter jet, helps the bandits more than their victims. Terrorists thrive on publicity; starve them of the oxygen of publicity(to borrow the words of the late PM Margaret Thatcher).”‘
The Nigerian government have also complained about giving attention and publicing terrorist groups, one time the military invaded Daily Trust office over report on their operations before they launched a major attack on Boko Haram. However, in this case the Buhari administration is still insisting the bandits are not terrorists.