My return to Nigeria will be hastened-Ahmad Salkida
Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida has replied the Nigerian Army, saying he’d followed the doctrines of journalism in carrying out his duties, “I have stayed within the creed of professional journalism in my work.”
He said he was surprised that he could be declared wanted by the Nigerian Army despite his efforts to making sure that the abducted girls were released, “As a testimony to the credible and professional values of my access, since May 2015, l have been to Nigeria three times on the invitation of Federal Government agencies. I made personal sacrifices for the release of our Chibok daughters.”
Salkida, who is presently out of Nigeria, was declared wanted by the Nigerian army following the latest release of a video by Boko Haram showing some of the abducted Chibok Girls.
Nigerian Army declared the investigative journalist wanted with two other persons, who army authorities believed have useful information of the whereabouts of the abducted girls.
But Ahmad Salkida reacted in a press release on his official blog: SALKIDA.com
Salkida Press Release to the Nigerian Army
“My attention has been drawn to a public notice put out by the Nigerian Army and signed by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations. The statement declaring me wanted seeks culpable grounds to punish me on account of “last two videos released by Boko Haram terrorists and other findings…” by the Army.
“Clearly, my status as a Nigerian journalist who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace in the country since 2006 is an open book known to Nigerians and the international community. Equally, my total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria is self evident. I have stayed within the creed of professional journalism in my work.
“As a testimony to the credible and professional values of my access, since May 2015, l have been to Nigeria three times on the invitation of Federal Government agencies. I made personal sacrifices for the release of our Chibok daughters.
Finally, the Army is aware that I am not in Nigeria presently. In the coming days I will seek to get a flight to Abuja and avail myself to the Army authorities. Indeed, my return will be hastened if the Military sends me a ticket. “