By Ben Auta, Kaduna.
The Zamfara State government has called on journalists to be forthright in reporting the activities of bandits by not giving them undue attention as well as calling on people to intensify prayers so that there will be an end to the menace.
The Commissioner for Information and Home Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Dosara made the call while fielding questions from Journalists in a telephone interview in Kaduna.
He identified the year 2022 as the period for fervent prayers for peace, progress and unity of the entire people of Zamfara State.
According to the Information Commissioner the state was in dire need of peace and cooperation of the people in view of the happenings in the past years which affected every facet of the economy.
Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara expressed optimism that the new year would be better for Zamfara State and its people once there is commitment in prayers for Allah’s guidance and protection.
He also noted that for peace and sanitary prevail in the state people must unite and be security conscious at all times.
The Information Commissioner admonished them to be alive to their responsibilities by supporting security agencies with useful informations that could lead to the arrest of armed bandits and other criminal elements bedevilling Zamfara State.
Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Dosara however charged the people of the state to continue to cooperate and rally round their governor, Dr Bello Matawallen Maradun for continued provision of dividends of democracy.
He appealed to the federal government for increase support to Zamfara State to enable it fight armed banditry, Kidnapping and other crimes.
According to him the government at the higher level should also endeavour to properly equip the military, police and other security operatives in the state to encourage them carry out their mandates of protecting the lives and properties of the people.
The Commissioner therefore advised Journalists to be cautious in reporting security related issues to avoid blowing the matter out of proportion, to give criminals information on security plans.
Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Dosara stressed that instead of giving priority to security problems, Journalists should focus more on developmental issues, like revival of the economy, improved welfare of the people and exposure of the activities of criminals.