According to him, the government’s intention to blackmail media houses to cover its failure…
Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Friday, July 29, 2022, condemned the federal government’s threat to sanction media outlets for their coverage of the prolonged bandits’ attack across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had threatened to punish two media houses, Trust TV and the BBC, for documenting banditry.
In response to the federal government’s threats, Gumi on Friday urged the media not to be intimidated or give in to official blackmail and to always hold the government accountable, especially in light of its failure to protect lives and property.
Gumi commended local and international media organizations for their courage in reporting the extent of insecurity in the northern region, saying that events in Nigeria, especially in the northwest, as clearly portrayed by the BBC, are more of ethnic war and reprisal killings and attacks as the government has failed to address the well-documented cases of injustices originally perpetrated against the Fulanis.
According to him, the government’s intention to blackmail media houses to cover up its failures and distract the public from high-level corruption in military spending and budget allocations has been exposed.
Gumi said, “What do you expect from a society (Fulani) that has been left in total ignorance and lack of education, especially when their main source of livelihood (cattle) has been stolen by other criminal elements within and outside our security agencies without the government doing anything about the injustice, adding that cattle theft has not stopped till date.
He said that many law-abiding Fulanis have fallen victim to the official extortion of their cows, claiming that he has well-documented evidence involving some security officials that he personally intervened in.
“As a government, how are you going to do something about insecurity, especially in relation to Fulani bandits, without dealing with such cases of extortion and cattle rustling?” he said.
He said the scary development is that the Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated the Fulani bandits and that the bandits are gradually being indoctrinated with the religious beliefs and mission of Boko Haram.