Sahara Reporters N4bn Payment: Saraki’s Aide Responds To Statement By Media Coalitions
Olu Onemola, the head of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s, New Media department, has responded to the statement issued by 15 media organization’s which calls into question the Senate President’s libel case against Sahara Reporters and its publisher, Omoyele Sowore.
In a series of tweets on his @OnemolaOlu handle, the Senate President’s aide called into question the validity of the coalition’s statement, while asking the news organization’s if they endorsed Sahara Reporters’ style of journalism.
See the tweets below:
1. “Let’s all take a second to ask ourselves: “Where was this coalition of @SaharaReporters 15 friends when they were publishing intentionally libelous statements against @BukolaSaraki?””
2. “This coalition of @SaharaReporters 15 friends should ask themselves:
“As practitioners of journalism, don’t they also have an ethical responsibility to ensure that other news platforms adhere to the standards of objectivity, accountability and TRUTH?””
3. “Justice is always ‘justice’ — either way you look at it. If @thecableng, @premiumtimes and co., are calling for justice in the court room, we welcome it. However, they must also call for justice in the court of public opinion — where @SaharaReporters has been mudslinging.”
4. “.@simonkolawole why didn’t you also use @thecableng to publish falsehoods and libelous materials against individuals? Where were you when @SaharaReporters claimed that “all is fair in war”?”
5. “.@simonkolawole why don’t you and others like @PremiumTimesng, @daily_trust ask @SaharaReporters what war and whose war he is fighting against @BukolaSaraki?”
6. “This solidarity letter is another destructive action against journalism. Can any of you @thecableng, @PremiumTimesng, @daily_trust recommend @SaharaReporters form of journalism to your employees and mentees?”
7. “Why didn’t @BukolaSaraki sue @PremiumTimesng, @thecableng, @daily_trust, etc. and co, even though they published unfavorable stories against him?”
8. “When a story is not borne out of malice, based on falsehood, or intended to blackmail, the person concerned will take it in good faith — particularly when the other side of the story is reflected.”
9. “We are happy that in this case, it is the law in action. We are putting our trust in the law to run it’s course. As indeed we should.”