The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has expressed reservation on the remarks made on Come up TV final Wednesday by Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, labelling Journalists as criminals for calling bandits criminals.
The NUJ Nationwide President, Chris Isiguzo, stated, “We don’t see any correlation between journalism and criminality.”
The assertion stated, “This pointless and unprovoked assault on members of the media by a hitherto revered cleric who determined to embark on unusual errands, is unacceptable and it’s changing into clearer now that he’s pursuing a distinct agenda. We equally recall a latest assertion credited to Sheik Gumi the place he was inciting bandits, by encouraging spiritual biases amongst troopers on the battlefield.”
The NUJ expressed shock that the identical Sheik Gumi who has used the media to talk to leaders to advance his course, is on the similar time attacking the Journalists for merely describing bandits as criminals.
It defined that Sheik Gumi’s makes an attempt to hunt amnesty for killers and abductors of harmless residents, particularly college kids is most unlucky.
“We invite Sheik Gumi to clarify to Nigerians why regardless of his latest negotiations with bandits in Zamfara State, the criminals have continued maiming, killing, raping and kidnapping harmless residents, together with the 300 feminine College students simply kidnapped in the identical State,” the union stated.
The union urged that Sheikh Gumi, a non-state actor concerned in negotiations with prison parts, ought to have been behind bars, including that due to the weaknesses of our leaders, he continues together with his reckless feedback and forays into bandit territory unabated.
It defined that by insulting the Press as “Criminals” Sheikh Gumi has uncovered himself the extra as an illiberal one who wouldn’t need his actions intently scrutinised by the media.
“It’s instructive to remind Sheik Gumi that by embarking on such an errand and selecting to talk for the bandits, the Press will proceed to scrutinise his actions and likewise maintain him accountable for his actions as enshrined within the Structure,” it added.
The union famous that Sheikh Gumi’s response was completely unacceptable, dishonourable and reprehensible and we demand a retraction of his untoward, irritating and awkward utterances which negate easy decorum and civility, and cautioned him to keep in mind that “using the tiger is perhaps an exhilarating expertise however the consequence is sure to be disagreeable.”
The union additionally invited the worldwide group to doc the utterances and actions of Sheik Gumi and to carry him to account for any bandit associated mishap which will occur to Journalists across the nation.