Early this morning, an American rapper named Robert Rahmeek William, who is reportedly dating Nicki Minaj and better known to his fans as “Meek Mill” took to Twitter and sent a tweet expressing his support for Nigeria.
I don't see nothing on the news about Nigeria …i don't understand that!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 15, 2015
Nothing wrong with the tweet apart from the fact that it was ill-timed and exposed for what it really was: some cheap publicity stunt!
Hours before Mr. Williams’ tweet, Amnesty international released satellite pictures revealing the extent of damage done by terrorists in Baga and surroundings and these satellite images were republished on the websites of almost all major Western media companies, ABCnews, Yahoo!news, MSN, Sky news and BBC where other media organisations picked it from. As a matter of fact it was the one story that dominated the media in the last few hours before and after Meek Mill’s tweet.
Where did “Meek Mill” get the information from that there’s nothing on the news about Nigeria? His PR agents should have done their research properly before allowing him to send that tweet.
Secondly, he was attacking the wrong people. Presumably the tweet was to criticise the coverage of the attacks in Nigeria by the Western media compared to the coverage given to the attacks in Paris.
Consider this: Within an hour of the attack at the Charlie Hebdo office that claimed 12 lives, president Hollande was present at the scene of the attack. As at this morning when the tweet was sent the Nigerian president hasn’t even uttered a single word about the attacks in Nigeria that claimed 150 lives according to the government.
Then there’s the dispute about the number of victims. Amnesty international estimated that close to 2,000 people were killed in the incident but a Military spokesman from Nigeria made an announcement as if the Military was claiming credit for the fact that “only” 150 people died and not 2,000 as reported by the Western media.
The terrorists responsible for the Paris attack were hunted down and eventually killed by a special elite unit of the French police, up to 10,000 of them were dispatched. How does Nigeria deal with terrorism? Next to nothing, really.
At a conference held in France last year the French government advised Nigeria and about five other Neighbouring countries to set up an anti-terrorism task force made up of 700 soldiers from each of the five countries. The task force unit only still exists on the paper the advice was written on.
The Western press cannot be blamed for the perceived lack of coverage of the Nigerian attack because if the Nigerian authorities don’t provide the information they need what are they to report?
The satellite images provided by Amnesty international was to show that the extent of damage was inconsistent with the Nigerian government’s version of events.
On the other hand, “Meek Mill”’s concern for Nigeria is appreciated if it was done in good faith but it was directed at the wrong people. The Nigerian government is the only party to be blamed for the escalation of terrorist activities in Nigeria.
On a final note, we advice “Meek Mill” to focus on the subject-matter he is most comfortable with, gangster rap, and leave international politics to the experts.