2023: NUJ Correspondent Chapel Ebonyi calls on politicians to shun thuggery

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Ebonyi State Chapter’s Correspondent Chapel Wednesday urged politicians and youths to avoid thuggery and other activities that could jeopardise the state’s peace.

Comrade Samson Nwafor, Chairman of the Chapel, made the remarks while addressing journalists on the Chapel’s Press Week, which has the subject “Time to Deepen Media Involvement in Nigeria’s Democracy.”

Nwafor emphasised that Ebonyi, which is known for its tranquilly, cannot be plugged into a crisis, and asked political actors and their followers to follow the laws.

He urged residents of the state to vote in the general elections in 2023 so that they can choose their leaders.

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“As the 2023 General Election approaches, we call on political actors in Ebonyi State to play by the rules and avoid activities that could jeopardise the state’s relative tranquilly,” the chairman said. We also urge young people to avoid thuggery and violence, as these have serious ramifications for Nigeria’s future.

“We also urge Ebonyians to ensure that they actively engage in electing their leaders in the 2019 general elections by ensuring that they register and receive their voter cards now that registration is underway across the State.”

“As this year’s press week theme so beautifully depicts, the time has come to broaden media participation in Nigeria’s democracy if we want to make meaningful progress as a nation,” Nwafor added.

He described Press Week as an annual ritual in the journalism profession and a time for journalists to assess their operations and see how they did over the course of the year.

“It is on the basis of these that the Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ, Ebonyi State, a group of Print and Electronic Media Journalists whose main offices are outside Ebonyi State, religiously marks this important event annually.”

“Time To Deepen Media Involvement In Nigeria’s Democracy,” is the topic of this year’s press week.

After a critical examination of members’ performances, the Chapel Leadership praised them for being good ambassadors and urged them to continue to follow the ethics of the journalism profession in the discharge of their authorised obligations, especially with the 2023 general election approaching.

“Considering the crucial role we play in society, journalists should avoid bogus news and always double-check facts.”

“The Chapel also takes this occasion to urge state law enforcement officers to treat journalists as friends and refrain from harassing and/or attacking them while carrying out their legal responsibilities.” Security officers should understand that journalists, like all Nigerian citizens, are entitled to protection, not harassment. We urge NUJ to investigate internal disciplinary mechanisms anytime a journalist is found to be lacking.

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“We want to recognise the strong and friendly relationship that has existed between Journalists and the Ebonyi State government, led by Governor David Umahi, and applaud the Governor for creating an enabling environment for us to carry out our jobs in the State.” I want to reassure the administration and the good people of Ebonyi State that, under my leadership, Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ, Ebonyi State, would continue to be partners in the state’s progress and development via objective reporting,” he added.

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