Nigerian Union of Journalists correspondents’ chapel has observed with dismay the attitude of the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Borno State Governor Baba Shiekh Haruna towards the mainstream media operating in Borno state.
This was contained in a statement signed and issued by the Chairman of the Chapel Haruna Dauda Biu and it Secretary Olanrewaju Timothy, today.
The statement read that it is disheartening to observe that in recent times there seems to be a deliberate attempt by the officer to prevent members of the Correspondents’s chapel who represent various national and international media outfits from doing their jobs.
According to the statement Baba Shiekh Haruna has continued to engage in an unprofessional conducts by refusing to invite or inform journalists of important public engagement or functions of the governor in the state.
However the provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which empowers the press to function freely without any form of hindrance.
The correspondents chapel wishes to remind the SSA Media that good governance and accountability, which his principal, His Excellency Governor Babagana Zulum stands for, can only be achieved when the media is allowed to cover and report the activities of government for effective checks and balances.
The chapel will no longer condone any attempt by Mr. Baba Shiekh Haruna or those he delegates to undermine press freedom in Borno state.