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Nigeria uncovers Boko Haram’s new media wing, “Wadi Baya”

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Abdulaziz Mohammed
The Nigerian government on Tuesday said it discovered a treasure trove of materials, showing the new media propaganda arm of the Boko Haram terrorists, ”Wadi Baya”.
Government said the group has shifted its strategy towards dominating the media space, propagating a perverted version of Shariah law and giving the impression that it is still holding territory.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, appealed to the general public and the media to ensure that they do not unwittingly provide the terrorists with the oxygen of publicity that they desperately need.
He said the propaganda strategy was discovered from the materials left behind by Boko Haram terrorists after they were routed from their Sambisa stronghold.
”The materials include documents, phones and computers that contained detailed information on the Boko Haram media and propaganda strategy.
“An analysis of the materials reveal Boko Haram’s training in videography as well as how they sought and received training from other terrorists groups on video recording and manipulation.
”The documents, written in Arabic, also outlined the media strategy that Boko Haram commanders should employ and how the surviving members should ensure the propagation of the Boko Haram doctrine using the social media,” Mr Mohammed said.
The minister said the recovered materials confirmed the announcement of a new media wing called ”Wadi Baya” (Clear Speech) by Boko Haram in an audio released by the group on 17 Jan. 2017, following its routing from Sambisa.
”As Boko Haram refocuses its resources to media war and propaganda against the Nigerian people and state, we must all unite against terrorism by denying Boko Haram our platforms to propagate its ideology.
“Both the media and the citizens have important roles to play in complementing our Armed Forces, which are combining land and air resources to completely clear the vestiges of Boko Haram,” he added.
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