Albert Einstein once said
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
While Criss Jami,
Killosophy said “It’s not about going around trying to stir up trouble. As long as you’re honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy whether you like it or not.”
In his Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950, Harry S. Truman said “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
Steig Larson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) pointed out that “Hatred could blind a person’s eyes, making him unable to admit anything in favor of his enemy. According to him, “I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.”
It is on the basis of the above remarks by the Great Political technocrats that I want to respond to the series of blackmail and bunch of lies by some online media. I based my response to the sponsored campaign of calumny by these online media platforms against my Principal, Gov Bello Matawalle Maradun of Zamfara State recently, not because of fear or intimidation, but on the wisdoms contained in the remarks and statements above.
The online media have been publishing cooked, arme-chair sponsored reportage with the intention of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation of His Excellency Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun.
For the fact that SaharaReporters who had lost its past glory for ages and relegated itself to the background, availing itself to unfulfilled politicians who have always been sponsoring some social media platforms to tarnish the good image of good people. It is such enemies of progress described by Steig Larson, in my references above who have woefully failed that use such social media platforms like the SaharaReporters to write fake reports and stories againat their perceived enemies.
Let me take a back my beloved readers to one of its terrible stories where the online news paper had to apologise for an article it wrote where the publishers
compared the travails of fugitive Sunday Igboho with the Holy Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This article had to force the publishers to apologise to millions of Muslims over this an offensive story.
The statement goes thus: “On Monday, July 26, 2021, we published a story titled, ‘Igboho Is Like Prophet Mohammed Who Fled Mecca For Media Over Persecution”.
In their sponsored bunch of lies, the online medium made so many blindfolded blunders and wild allegations levelled against the person of His Excellency Gov Matawalle, ” that he made payments of jobs and or projects that have not been executed or without due process, etc”. However, because of the alleged money they have collected from their sponsored, the publishers were so blindfolded to use the name of a reporter Maihaji Altine Gusau as the Director General of Zamfara State Bureau of Public Procurement.
“When SaharaReporters called the Director General of the Zamfara State Bureau of Public Procurement, Maiharaji Altine Gusau, to get his reaction to our findings, he blamed the state Finance and General Purpose Committee (FGPC) for the irregularities in the procurement processes”.
How can Maihaji Altine who reports for the punch newspaper react to allegations by the Sah