From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
A Northern group called “Zuru Patriotic Forum” has defended the integrity of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN and described media attacks on him as sponsored and barbaric.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chairman of ZPF, Sani Yusuf Tadi and made available to the newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday adding that the ZPF forum were shocked to see such petition writing against the SGF by the KCC.
The group which also disassociated itself from the positions of the Kebbi Concerned Citizens (KCC) on the matter, adding that they are bias and have fallen for the sponsored accusations against the AGF.
“We Zuru Patriotic Forum is both shocked and surprised at the cooked up, ill-advised and commercialized petition sent to the National Assembly by some so-called concerned citizens of Kebbi , who in reality have not the slightest concern for Kebbi State in their hearts” he added.
“To put the records straight, the KCC has played itself carelessly into the hands of Sahara Reporters, a medium that has sworn to destroy whatever good image is left of the northern leaders and the North itself,” it stated.
Recall that the KCC had, in a statement , threatened to approach the National Assembly over the allegations raised by Sahara Reporters against the AGF, Therefore, KCC wish to use this opportunity to call on the HAGF to clear himself from the allegations within 7 days to save his name, image and integrity as well as the reputation of the state or risk call for the President and the National Assembly to set up panel of investigation of the matter.” KCC had stated.
Sahara Reporters had on July 11, published a story with the heading : “New Multi-million Naira Property Built By Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Malami, For Son In Kebbi State Uncovered, while the AGF had debunked the claims, vowing to take legal actions against the media platform.
ZPF, stressed that no matter the plot to tarnish the image of one of its illustrious sons, it would not stand, and It maintained that Malami remains a shining light of the state.
“While the Zuru Patriotic Forum doesn’t intend in any way to take away the rights of freedom of expression of the signatory of the petition as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we reserve our rights as critical stake holders in the Kebbi State project to disassociate our people from the dangerous slide to self destruction undertaken by the petitioners, He said.
“As a people and as a movement formed to ensure, contribute and propel the development of our Emirate, Zone, State and Nigeria, we are also warriors against our common enemy as a state and nation, CORRUPTION, We can’t be a party to a handsomely sponsored and paid campaign of calumny against leaders just for political gains.
“Obviously, one of the factors militating against the progress and development of our state is the PULL HIM DOWN SYNDROME which has become a way of life of some youths in the hands of some politicians, while One would have been happy to be associated with the “game” played by the KCC if its intentions were genuine, its accusations factual and its motives independent.