Robinson gave the right command
In an interview with Express reporter Michelle Loubon, Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr, sharing his sentiments on the life/death of Arthur NR Robinson, described as hypocritical the expressions of some concerning Mr Robinson’s bravery when he uttered the now famous words, “Attack with full force”. The imam further stated by giving that command, Mr Robinson “put everybody’s life in peril... so who dead, dead”.
There may not be a scale available to measure the amount of force actually applied, but judging from the results of the attempted coup, with the resultant surrender of the insurgents, didn’t the Army commanders, in their wisdom, attack with as much force as was necessary?
Be it full, medium or half-full, the Army did what was necessary to quell the situation, and to use Imam Bakr’s words, “nobody eh dead”, except of course those who perished on day one of the assault.
So “the captain of the ship”, being so dubbed by Imam Bakr, knowing the capabilities and wisdom of his troops, presented them with an open cheque, knowing full well it would be “wisely spent”, attacking with whatever measure of force was necessary for that particular occasion, no more, no less, in other words, “a force to be reckoned with”.