In defense of the Attorney General of the Federation, Coalition of Kebbi Youths has called on the people of Kebbi state and in general Nigerians, to disregard Sahara Reporters’ attempt to smear the image of the minister.
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WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE COALITION OF KEBBI YOUTHS ON LIBELOUS AND DEFAMATORY PUBLICATIONS BY SAHARA REPORTERS AGAINST THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE ABUBAKAR MALAMI SAN
This coalition consider it imperative to address the press today on the libelous attacks and campaigns of calumny against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN by Sahara reporters aimed towards tarnishing the good reputation and image of the Minister.
2.We have observed with great alarm over the years, the malicious attacks on selected prominent personalities particularly from the North by Sahara Reporters and condemned in strongest terms the continued false fabrications.
3.It’s sad to note that in an effort to be seen as first to break news and seek attention of the public, Sahara Reporters have discarded the ethics of this profession and are set on the destruction of journalism in Nigeria with the continuing assault on the pillars of the profession – Truth & Fairness.
4.We would like to make it abundantly clear that the coordinated attacks on the personality of Hon Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN by Sahara Reporters will not be condone lightly anymore.
5.While we stress that we would not take this kind of derogatory attacks on our citizens, the general public is to please note that the publications by Sahara Reporters is false, prevarication and calculated attempt aimed towards tarnishing the good reputation of Hon Minister of Justice and his family.
6.If most Nigerians can recall, this is the same Sahara Reporters whose tendency to fabricate lies and create phantom information designed to defame and libel on prominent Nigerians particularly from the North is so legendary and has turned to obsession.
7.Notably and fresh in our memory is the libelous attacks on our prominent citizens from the North by Sahara Reporters among many are as follows:
i.Fabricated lies on the Hon Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
ii.Concocted lies on the deaths of Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau of Izalah and Rt. Hon. Gali Umar Na’Abba (Fmr Speaker FRN).
iii.Fabricated lies on the NCC and NITDA projects.
iv.Fake news of Dr Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State 100 million naira donation to Izalah.
v.Fake news on Ministry of Humanitarian given Npower slots to Senate President Ahmad Lawan
8.General public are to note that, Sahara Reporters has become a political weapon used by whosoever can afford it’s price to tarnish & destroy the image of their opponents or political rivals as most of their news are unverified & are dismissed as fake.
9.Journalism is about truth, facts and objectivity founded on strong ethics and responsible behavior.
10.It’s clear that what Sahara Reporters are practicing is not journalism but outright blackmail & it should be known that there is nothing that depict corruption more than circulation of falsehood and engaging in the game of blackmail.
11.We therefore called on relevant authorities especially the following:
i.American Society of Journalist and Authors.
ii.Online Publishers Association of Nigeria.
iii.Guild of Cooperate Online Publishers.
iv.Nigerian Guild of Editors.
v.Nigerian Press Council.
vi.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to call Sahara Reporters to order in a bid to guard the sanctity of journalism profession as well as to avoid forming wrong opinion & faulty decisions based on the distribution & misrepresentation of facts.
12. In view of the aforementioned, we further call upon Sahara Reporters to retract their slanderous publications against our elders and particularly Hon. Attorney General of the Federation & Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN within the next 7 working days.
13. Failure to do so, we will be left with no option than to employ all lawful means to protect the integrity & reputation of Hon. Abubakar Malami SAN & his family.
14.The general public are advised to note that Sahara Reporters has no good intention for this country, let alone the people of this country. It’s high time we put Sahara Reporters to where it belongs – the dustbin.
15. In conclusion, we therefore urged the general public particularly those who hails from Kebbi to come out en mass to defend their very own incorruptible son who contributed his quarter to the development of our dear state as it was a deliberate attempt by Sahara Reporters to tarnish the good image of Hon. Abubakar Malami SAN and Kebbians.
God bless Kebbi State
God bless the FRN.