Nigerian veteran rapper, Eedris Addulkareem has come in defense of Nigerian journalist, Samuel Ogundipe who has just been released on bail after being arrested and detained for refusing to give up the source of his report.
Eedris took to his Instagram page to call out the Police IG, Ibrahim Idris saying, ‘the young man will give you hundreds of sleepless nights and super high blood pressure if you are waiting for him to expose his source’.
He went on to say, ‘a Journalist would rather be tortured, jailed or in the extreme, killed rather than disclose his source. To the Journalist, it is sacrosanct, it is cardinal, it is the peak of his ethical responsibility to never disclose his source. Many have gone to jail and it is considered a badge of honor in the profession’.
According to Eedris, ‘Mr. IGP, the young man, Samuel Ogundipe will give you hundreds of sleepless nights and super high blood pressure if you are waiting for him to expose his source. He would rather go to jail and when out, will be held in honor, promoted, sponsored by international organizations, remembered and used as a reference by students of journalism and journalists world over. Mr. IGP sir, what will you be remembered for beyond your transmission gaffe, will you even still be in the police force after this dispensation? What will you be remembered for? Putting a Journalist in jail? Disobeying the president? Oppression and suppression of truth? It sure doesn’t end here, Sir. Conscience is an open wound, Sir’.