NewsGroup Bemoans Media Attacks Against Ex-Gov Matawalle

Group Bemoans Media Attacks Against Ex-Gov Matawalle

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April 01, (THEWILL) – A group, Zamfara Progressive Development Forum, has condemned a mischievous publication accusing a former Governor of Zamfara State and current Minister of Defence (State), Muhammed Bello Matawalle, of giving Ramadan palliative to some bandits in the state.

The group Secretary General, Engr Lawal Usman Magami (Garuwan Sarkin Yaki), in a statement made available to Journalists, condemned the allegation in sting terms, describing it as “dirty politics” by unscrupulous supporters of Governor Dauda Lawal.”

“To this group, the die-hard political jobbers who are behind the unpopular allegation are only doing so to tarnish the image of Dauda’s processor for cheap and temporary political gain which is against the interest of Zamfara people.

“We have been following with keen interest the sociopolitical landscape of Zamfara State in recent times and we are not happy with the political dimension the security situation in that part of the Northwest Nigerian is taking, especially the name calling and unnecessary blackmail and propaganda against one of the sons of the land, a former governor of the state and current Minister of Defense (State), Muhammed Bello Matawalle.

“With his support to the success so far recorded in the ongoing fight against insecurity challenges bedevilling the state through military operations and intervention, Minister Matawalle should have been appreciated rather than being castigated or maligned by the suspected divisive agents of Zamfara state government through hired writers hiding under a mushroom online news platform in the name of political witch-hunt and mischief.

“Hon Matawalle was known by the Zamfara people a long time before now as a good leader who sacrificed much in ensuring the success of the fight against insecurity and political unity and cohesion.

“He will never allow sentiment or hatred to cloud his sense of judgment on the issue of security in the state, especially now as Minister of State Defence.

The group also wondered why they sponsored lies and propaganda in the holy month of Ramadan just to discredit him because of political differences and his active closeness with the government of the day at the centre.

It explained that it is important to add that playing politics and propaganda with the issue of insecurity in the state is destroying good efforts and genuine commitment to redeem the state and its people from these bandits who are projecting the state in a bad light before national and international communities.

The group, therefore, said it sees this unfortunate development as unfair, biased, and unfair to accuse him of such a callous allegation of supporting anything Nathan than peaceful and secure Zamfara State and the Country as a whole.

He, however, urged Governor Dauda Lawal to fear God, provide good governance to the electorate, and stop sponsoring malicious campaigns by way of financing such teleguided writers just because he does not like the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) and what it represents.

“Mr Governor, we urge you to match your words with actions in solving escalating challenges of insecurity, hunger, and generally poor governance. Leave Hon Matawalle alone in person, and collaborate with the federal government as you openly promised to Zamfara people and other genuine stakeholders to restore lasting peace to Zamfara communities. Enough of media propaganda.”

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Tunde Omolehin is an award-winning Journalist with prose in investigative and storytelling that is connecting the dots between the under-reported communities and policymakers to ensure good governance and accountability.

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