By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The House of Representatives member representing Gumel/Gagarawa /Maigatari/Sule Tankarkar Federal Constituency, Jigawa State and the former National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Honourable Sani Zorro has observed that every Nigerian is entitled to freedom of expression, freedom of speech and right of assembly,
Hon Zoro who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) stated this while fielding questions from the press during an interactive session in Kaduna Sunday at NUJ Secretariat, Kaduna State Council, North-West, Nigeria on a fact finding mission over the recent attack on journalists and the lawmaker, Senator Shenu Sani.
According to him, if anybody who attack NUJ Secretariat is only trying to stop Nigerians from exercising their rights because that is what NUJ represents, saying NUJ is an Embassy for everybody to come and express their opinion and not a venue for thugs to come and attack people for any reason.
The Member of the Lower Chamber strongly condemned the attack; adding that the matter will be brought before the House of Assembly especially when two legislators are involved.
He however called on Journalists to unite and be professional in discharge of their duty; saying the enemies will only succeed to muzzle out Journalists if they remain divided and encouraged them to be focus.
Hon Zoro called on relevant authority to ensure that the perpetrators are immediately brought to justice because to him, this is not going to be another case swept under the carpet because as a journalist, the attack on every journalists is attack on him.
Speaking on the killing of the leader of Boko Haram Sect, Mohammed Yusuf, the Member explained that the his killing by the Nigeria Police ignited the Boko Haram crises which has plunged the country into the present ongoing war in the north-east which was an error. “The Sect leader was handed over to the Police by the Nigeria Army only for the police to kill him”.
Hon. Zorro stated that it will take nothing less than 40 years before normalcy can return to the area, because in every war torn zone after total ceasefire there must be time for rebuilding the area in order for stability to return and for the North-East it is going to take a long time.
The former NUJ National President said in as much as he did not support the activities of the Sect, he would advised government to solve the problem politically because every political problems need a political solution.
“Whether we like it or not what is going on in Borno state has elements of politics. When the Mosque of the Sect was destroyed in Maiduguri by security agents, their first demand was a rebuild of the mosque and with N5 million then, the mosque could have been rebuilt and the nation would not find itself in this present situation.
“Also when their members were killed, what they asked for then was the Diyya (blood money), a sort of compensation to the bereaved families. And Borno State Government would have spent N50 million for that but government ignored it and today billions have been spent in executing the war and yet no end in sight.
“As Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), I know that the problem in Borno State requires some political solution even though security agents will not agree with me.
“Now before stabilization can return to the area, it will take nothing less than 40 years because in every war torn zone after total ceasefire there must be time for rebuilding the area in order for stability to return and for the North-East it is going to take a long time. This could have been stopped earlier if political solution was employed,” he said.