The Bauchi state Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has on Monday resolved to cut ties by boycotting activities of the office of the State’s Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, accusing him of humiliating its members.
The members in a unanimous decision at an emergency meeting which took place at the Chapel’s secretariat in Bauchi said their decision was necessary following an incident where Baba Tela reportedly disparaged the journalists.
A statement by Samuel Luka, secretary of the chapel said “the Chapel wish to express dismay that the action of the deputy Governor is uncalled for and is capable of jeopardizing the working relationship between the journalists and the office of the deputy Governor.”
The members of the chapel said they were at the Deputy Governor’s office on invitation to cover an event, but ended up being disparaged by the Deputy Governor.
During the emergency Congress held at the Chapel Secretariat, members observed that the action where the deputy Governor disparaged journalists at the venue of the assignment in the presence of some stakeholders “was unpleasant.”
Ahmed Mohammed, Chairman of the correspondents’ Chapel told newsmen that “It was the director of press government house that officially invited members of the chapel, we did not go there on our own”.