The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Yobe State Council has directed its members to boycott all government activities henceforth.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman Ahmed Isa Abba and Secretary Michael Oshoma.
According to the statement, the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the chapel held in Damatu.
The statement says the boycott was as a result of Intimidation and harassment of its members by security operatives attached to the government house during occasions.
It also alleged that for past one year, the Director General Media and Press Affairs to Governor Mai Mala Buni in oerson of Mamman Muhammed has stopped inviting members formally for coverage making it difficult for them to perform their function of informing the public about government policies and programmed.
The statement also says
the chapel finds it disturbing, that despite the governor’s historic reign as APC Extraordinary Caretaker National Chairman and being a Governor for over three years where he has been addressing the Press at Abuja and other parts of the country, has 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 however calls on heads of security agencies in the state to sensitise their personnel on media security relationship for smooth operations as the country is preparing for general elections next year.