By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Lawmaker representing Gummi/Bukkuyum Federal Constituency Zamfara State, in the House of Representatives, Honourable Sulaiman Gumi, have condemned the report by Sahara Reporters which suggests that Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has rewarded repentant bandits with Cars.
Honourable Gumi disclosed this in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Samuel Vincent and made available to Leadership Newspaper on Thursday
Gumi believes journalism is a noble profession whose ethics must be respected by all those who practice the profession and or call themselves journalists.
According to the statement “Gumi wondered why Sahara Reporters would head to press without verifying a baseless allegation levelled against the Government of Zamfara State and the person of
Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle; insisting that best practice requires journalists and media managers to balance all reports where possible before going to press, regrettably, this very important requirement was violated even when the reporter had every opportunity to verify the allegations.
The lawmaker noted that His Excellency, Governor Matawalle runs an open government in Zamfara. His commitment towards the return of peace to Zamfara is unwavering and has been in the full glare for Nigerians to see.
He said at no point did Governor Matawalle reward repentant bandits with vehicles. He challenged all those with proof of evidence to show that the governor gifted vehicles to bandits to make them public. He said he knows how dear the people of Zamfara are to the heart of Governor Matawalle and how he is willing to get to any length possible within the law to see that they are protected.
Gumi called on the Governor to remain focused and not to be distracted by the schemes of his adversary, adding that the days of politics are over and all and sundry must work in the overall interest of the Zamfara people….”