I Won’t Stop Talking - Agba Jalingo
By Kenneth Tobi
Agba Jalingo has advised fellow journalists to continue asking questions regarding government expenditure with facts and figures. The publisher of CrossRiverWatch gave the counsel when he appeared as a guest on Public Square, a show on 99.3 Nigeria Info.
“I will honestly encourage our journalists to up our game. It is very important that we do that because I know how much it took to get this little space from the military … we must continue to do this work,” he said.
Jalingo was recently granted bail by the Federal High Court, Calabar after spending 174 days at a police cell and the Calabar prison. He was accused of treason after writing a story alleging that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State diverted N500 million belonging to the state. Despite that, he vowed to continue asking questions about government policies and expenditure.
“For myself I have only been fired up the more, and have told the governor that I will not stop talking. Even if I am incarcerated, even if I am jailed, I will not stop talking. We keep asking questions but we must ask them in the right manner, ask them in facts and figures. We must keep doing our work regardless of how the politicians feel about it,” he said.
“Any one of them that doesn’t want to be asked questions should not bother to come to the public to lead us. But if you offer yourself for leadership, you must be willing to be asked questions.”
Jalingo thanked the journalists who kept on talking and writing about his situation while he was in detention. He further reminded journalists to know they are saddled with the responsibility of asking questions regardless of challenges.
Agba Jalingo was declared a prisoner of conscience while he was in jail. Many local and international groups and journalists campaigned for his release and he was granted bail on February 13 after two previous denials.