Written by on July 29, 2022

Controversial Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has condemned the federal government’s threat to sanction media outlets for their coverage of the prolonged bandits’ attack across the country.

You would recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had threatened to sanction two media houses, Trust TV and the BBC over documentaries on banditry.

Gumi in a statement urged the media not to be intimidated or succumb to official blackmail and to always make the government accountable, especially, in view of their failure to protect lives and properties

Gumi, while commending local and international media organisations for their boldness in reporting the magnitude of the insecurity in the Northern region, said the happening in Nigeria, especially in the North West as clearly captured by the BBC is more of an ethnic war and reprisal killings and attacks due to government’s failure to address well-documented instances of injustices that were initially done to Fulanis.

According to him, the government’s intention to blackmail media houses to cover its failure and divert public scrutiny into high-level corruption in military spending and budgetary allocations has been exposed ‎

He added that many law-abiding Fulanis have fallen victims to official extortion of their cows, claiming that he has well-documented evidence involving some security agents in which he personally intervened.

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