Gumi tackles FG for potential sanction on BBC, Trust TV, accuses Govt of seeking scapegoats

Gumi tackles FG for potential sanction on BBC, Trust TV, accuses Govt of seeking scapegoats

Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has berated the position of the Federal Government regarding media reporting and coverage of the lingering insecurity in the country.

Gumi made this assertion via a statement on Friday, July 29, 2022.

According to him, the government’s plan to sanction the BBC Africa Eye and Daily Trust for their recent reports; which exposed the politics of insecurity, the genesis of the crisis; as well as how bandits and terrorists virtually took control of several communities in the North West, is myopic.

Gumi commended local and international media organisations for coming out boldly to report on the magnitude of the insecurity; the government’s wrong approach to tackling the crisis, and how it has become a lucrative business for the criminals; as well as a few in the position of power and authority.

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“FG’s attempt in trying to find a scapegoat to justify its glaring failure after wasting over $16 billion in the last seven years without any commensurate result on security and efforts to blackmail certain media organisations for their patriotism in reporting the crisis is unfortunate and should be resisted by all responsible media organisations,” he said.

Gumi believes the BBC documentary reflects the actual happenings in Zamfara State; adding that it was done professionally with the highest ethical standards that seek solutions to consistent attacks on vulnerable communities.

He wondered why the government could not use such independent discovery to squarely address the crisis; rather than sanction the producers. According to the cleric, claims that the BBC and others like Daily Trust are giving undue publicity to bandits; as well as their activities or promoting terrorism are unfortunate, myopic, and mischievous.

He alleged that the government’s attempt was to blackmail media houses; so as to cover its failure and divert public scrutiny into high-level corruption in military spending and budgetary allocations.

Gumi, therefore, urged the media not to be intimidated or succumb to official blackmail but should always make the government accountable, especially in view of its failure to protect lives and properties despite the billions at its disposal.

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