Former head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), has called on the media to always verify facts before publishing and broadcasting their stories.
Abdulsalami made the call while reacting to stories by a section of the media about the use of bulletproof cars by Adamawa State governor, Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, despite the ongoing recession in the country.
The former head of State, who was in Yola for the Regional Conference on Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Chad Basin holding from the 26th – 28th of September, 2016, said, “I have been to Adamawa twice and I was in the same car with the governor on both occasions. I didn’t see any bulletproof cars.”
He, however, maintained that the media has a vital role in assisting Nigeria to reposition itself as a country with a strong commitment to good governance by making public officers accountable to the public.
Abdulsalami then commended Governor Bindow for his good work in the State and tasked the good people of Adamawa to contribute their own quota by supporting Bindow’s administration.
“I have known Bindow before he became governor and I have no doubt that his sincerity and commitment to good governance makes him the right person for Adamawa State.
“Peace is key to the development and growth of any nation or state. It is therefore paramount for all group and religious leaders, youths and every member of the society to support the government in its pursuit for sustainable peace in the region,” he said.
Abdulsalami was taken round the State capital by the state governor on inspection of 66 completed road projects within the capital, initiated and completed by the his administration.
The former head of state expressed satisfaction by the infrastructural development and progressive strides recorded by Bindow’s administration in less than 24 months of becoming Governor.
Governor Bindow informed the former Head of State that there are about 16 road projects in Mubi north and Mubi south, a 35.7km road in Shelleng local government a rea and 9 more local governments have roads earmarked for commissioning soon.