Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has declared war on two national dailies – Punch and Tribune – for reporting the views opposition parties on the current events in the state as regards the non-payment of salaries.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Adenle Middle School, Osogbo where plastic chairs and desks were distributed, the Governor was quoted as saying: “They didn’t spare us on any platform. Even today, they lied against us and some shameless organs of mass communication supported them.
“Say shame on them, shame! All of them and those who are supporting them. Some newspapers knew they were lying, yet they supported them. PUNCH reported last week Thursday that they had just released the money, the same PUNCH published today that we have kept the money for two months. Shame on all of them, shame!
“Newspapers are meant to educate the people; they are not meant to incite the public against the government. Shame on PUNCH, shame on Tribune. I say it openly; let them challenge me.
“The PUNCH Newspaper, Tribune Newspapers have declared war on our state and we shall not spare them. We shall not spare them; it’s war!
“You can’t be attacking us and expect us to be quiet; we shall fight back. The time has come for us to fight back; we will fight back.”