The Nigeria Union of Journalists has condemned in the strongest terms, the remarks made by Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi on Arise TV on Wednesday, February 24, where he labeled Journalists as criminals for calling bandits criminals.
The Sheik during his interview with Arise TV said:
”You are emphasising on criminality, I don’t know. Even the Press (journalists) are criminals too because they are putting oil into fire [sic]. These people are listening to you, don’t address them as criminals”.
One of the bandits leaders who was recently interviewed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, a journalist with Daily Trust, insisted on being introduced properly as “Kachalla Halilu Sububu Seno” – Leader of all Terrorists. He affirmed that he is the leader of bandits, yet Malam Gumi insists they are not criminals.
In a statement released by NUJ, its president, Chris Isiguzo said Sheik Gumi’s comment makes it clearer that he is pursuing a different agenda. The body said that in saner climes, the cleric who has decided to embark on ”strange errands” should have been behind bars by now over his recent utterances about bandits.