By: Alkasim Bala
The Correspondents’ Chapel, of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) Yobe State council, in its emergency meeting held on Friday, 28th October, 2022 resolved to boycott all state government’s activities.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman as well as secretary of the Union Ahmad I. Abba and Michael Oshomah respectively which was made available to Journalist.
The statement said the development is due to Intimidation and harassment of its members by security operatives attached to the government house as well as Lack of formal invitation to government activities.
The statement read: “As members of the Fourth Estate of realm, part of our responsibilities is to inform the public on happenings in the state including the government house”.
“Regrettably, however, for over a year of the administration of Governor Mai Mala Buni, the chapel has never received any formal invitation for coverage by the Governor’s spokesman, Alhaji Mamman Muhammed, as it was the practice in the past”.
“This has negatively affected the operations of representatives of national media dailies operating in the State”.
“Lack of accessibility to Governor Mai Mala Buni by working journalists in the state”.
“The chapel finds it disturbing, that despite the governor’s historic reign as APC Extraordinary Caretaker National Chairman and being a Governor for over 3 years where he has been addressing the Press at Abuja and other parts of the country but never addressed National Dailies in his own state to speak on his administration’s policies and programmes which demonstrates his inaccessibility to resident journalists”.
“The chapel also resolves that its members are to desist from using press releases issued from Yobe State government without prior contact with our members”.
“The chapel calls on heads of security agencies in the state to sensitise their personnel on media security relation”.
“The chapel finds it necessary to take this critical decision,in other to alert relevant stakeholders and appropriate authorities to take decisive action towards addressing the above issues amicably”.
“Finally, the working journalists in Yobe state wish to inform the public and the government of Yobe State that our action should not be judged by sentiment but on the basis of our position as one of the major stakeholders of our democracy”.
“It is also important to note that the coming election is very critical in our Nation’s democracy and therefore a fatal mistake in an attempting to circumvent the media”.