Monday, April 20, 2020

Kyari’s burial: NUJ demands PTF members' self-isolate, off Covid-19 briefing - ITREALMS

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has urged members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 that were at the burial rites of Mallam Abba Kyari, former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, to excuse themselves from the daily briefing, reports ITREALMS.

Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, on Monday in Abuja, called PTF members including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and National Coordinator, Mr. Boss Mustapha, to demonstrate dignified responsibility by not putting journalists and others who attend the daily briefing in harm’s way by going into self-isolation.

“Following the protocol already established by the PTF and the Presidency in asking all those who attended the funeral rites for the late Mallam Abba Kyari, former Chief of Staff to the President, the NUJ urges in particular, members of the PTF who were at the Defence House and Gudu cemetery, to respectfully not attend the daily Covid-19 briefing until after the 14 days isolation,” he said in a press statement made available to 

Also, Ogbeche said, anything other than this will further cast doubt on the integrity of the PTF, and put the little gains already achieved in jeopardy.

He advised journalists at the briefing to protest and possibly stage a walk out if any of the members that were at any of the rites shows up.

In addition, he charged journalists to be responsible for their safety by wearing appropriate PPEs and not become the news in their search for news.

According to him, the council was still calling on media organisations to provide PPEs and hazard allowance to those covering the Covid-19 crisis, insisting that the union will declare industrial dispute with all organisations that fail in this regard after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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