Media men covering the activities of President Muhammadu Buhari and presidency in the Aso Rock, Abuja, have expressed bitterness with colleague who leaked an off-record information given to them by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the Federal Government’s handling of the leader of Shiites, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who is in detention at the Department of State Security (DSS).
One of the media men, in a group WhatsApp chat today, Thursday, expressed displeasure with the leakage of the conversation by one of their colleagues.
“Dear colleagues, a very grievous mistake has been made. I will support the idea of in-house discipline. Jacob is not the only one guilty of this.
“We have moles who write for Sahara reporters and other insensitive media organizations across the world domiciled in the SHPC. We need to enforce discipline. Anyone who breaks the rules should be heavily sanctioned. This embarrassment is not only for the government but for all of us.
“Nobody in this Government will trust us with anything confidential. We need to self regulate ourselves. Somebody has broken a story but our reputation collectively has been broken. I suggest we set up a disciplinary committee to handle issues like this and going forward, we need standing rules on issues of this nature. My view.”
Another reporter responded by saying: “Lai Mohammed begged us not to use this story and we complied but one of us gave it out to OakTV even as another responded: “my point exactly. And Amaechi was warning him not to divulge anything but he claimed we were his friends.”