The Obama Administration with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, worked assidously with the opposition politicians in Nigeria from 2014 to ensure the election of General Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria.
Barack Obama’s election campaign publicity Manager and his team organized all manners of people and employed all manners of facilities using all manners of media, to denigrate the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan as inept. It was a siege campaign of sorts through outright lies in paid media and propaganda.
In fact, after the Boko Haram abducted over 200 female students of Chibok in North east Nigeria, the campaign team brought teams from the CNN to do series of reports and programmes to potray Jonathan’s government as incapable of protecting Nigerians.
The All Progressives Congress party with General Muhammadu Buhari promised that he would root out the “band of insurgents within three weeks”. He was elected in 2015. Six years down the line, the terrorists have become bolder and they are occupying more territories in the North east than at the time of Buhari’s election.
It does seem to me that the media blitz and siege approach used in Nigeria against Nigerians by the Obama government’s publicity assistance to Nigeria’s opposition was the same approach used in the United States of America in the run up to the 2020 elections.
The mainstream media became purveyors of anything antithetical to truth, smearing President Trump at every available opportunity. They accused him of “lies” widely without listing the subject of the lies. The media siege saw to the election of Biden.
Today in Nigeria, every genuine criticism of the government’s inaction is shot down by government apologists and propagandists. The same appears to be happening in America.
In his Easter message, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, North West Nigeria, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah aptly captured the Nigerian situation thus:
“When governments face legitimacy crises, they fall back on serving the sour broth of propaganda, half-truths, and outright lies. They manufacture consent by creating imaginary enemies, setting citizens against one another by deploying religion, ethnicity, region, and other platforms while appealing to the base emotions of patriotism. We forget the reality that without truth, the throne of power often turns into a cage, and the occupant is turned into a prisoner. In reality, the truth needs neither a judge nor a witness. The truth is its own judge and witness. Without the truth, as the old song says, all else is sinking sand!”