June 25, 2014 – Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan, has dissociated himself from a statement credited to him as saying that he would beat former governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke to death, stressing that he was quoted out of the content by a section of the media to achieve a sinister purpose.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Akinola, the minister said that it was unfortunate that some media organizations have jettisoned objectivity and professionalism in their news reporting because of pecuniary gains, stressing that some of them mislead the public through their sensational reporting.
Adesiyan said that he only explained to the journalists who interviewed him in Osogbo on Saturday that Adeleke lied against him, stressing that he was surprised to read in the newspapers that he said he would beat him to death.
“It is very unfortunate that some media organizations are not objective in their reporting based on their political interests. This trend is not only misleading but it is only meant to pull down their supposed political enemies or opponents. The statement credited to me that I said I will beat Adeleke to death is not only untrue but it is a mere way of scoring a cheap political goal by some members of All Progressives Congress (APC). I cannot deny whatever I say because before I utter any statement, I must have weighed its implications and I cannot equally fold my arms when anybody lies against me. I told the journalists that interviewed me that despite the fact that Adeleke provoked me on that day, I didn’t do anything to him because I am a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria. I also said that if I had not occupied an exalted position that goes with a lot of responsibilities, I would have beaten him considering the way he came to harass me with his thugs.
“But rather than quote me the way I said it, some media organizations, including the Nation owned by a national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, twisted the story and turned it upside down to incite good people of Nigeria against me, forgetting that God made me what I am today and whoever is fighting me is only fighting God. I want to say here that I am not perturbed because I know that APC thrives on lies and propaganda but this rebuttal is to put the record straight so that the people who read their twisted version of the story can know the truth and understand the “Pull Him Down” syndrome of APC.
“I wonder why they did not report Adeleke and Aregbeshola and even their master, Tinubu, when they promised the electorate on the soap box that they will roast me and they said for an inevitable change to occur in Osun State they will spill blood, even the Nation newspaper that referred to me in it headline as an alleged killer of Bola Ige could not substantiate its headline in the body of its story.
“It is a known fact that all these are coming against the backdrop of their impending loss of the next election in Osun State as good people of the South-West are ready to take their fathers’ legacy back from the impostors from Lagos. The lesson of the loss of Ekiti State is an indication of taking back what they took one by one through judicial fraud which will be reclaimed one by one by God’s grace and the people’s support.
“Aregbesola asked the electorate on Tuesday to be ready to fight the police and other security agencies with cutlasses and charms, is that a statement that should come out of a responsible leader? Because the security agents made it possible for people’s vote to count and prevented the influx of people from Lagos and Osun States during Ekiti State election, that is why the APC has begun its blackmail strategy. I want to enjoin the people of Osun State to discountenance this type of statements as the President has promised that the blood of nobody will be spilled despite that some people are bent on retaining their stolen mandates and I want to assure that people’s lives and property will be protected before, during and after Osun election.”
Adesiyan, however, advised media practitioners not to allow the owners to negatively influence the authenticity of their reports and put professionalism above primordial sentiment and follow the ethics of their profession to the letter.