*Nobody wants him here
Members of the Abuja council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has voted staunchly against the invitation of the Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai to be her guest lecturer during the forthcoming Press Week.
However in an almost opposite fate, the Union will confer an award on the Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima for his role in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) resettlement and general handling of the Boko Haram crisis in his state.
A statement by the chairman of the press week committee, comrade Victorson Agbenson, says the decision to honour Shettima was taken by the council led by Mr. Paul Ella Abechi after careful considerations.
According to Comrade Agbenson “the truth is that the progress which the Buhari administration has made in terms of the entire Boko Haram saga is noteworthy and significant and could not have been achieved without the commitment and sacrifice of the likes of Governor Shettima, whose home state, Borno bore the greatest brunt of the insurgency”
“So this award is the Abuja NUJ’s stimulant for Governor Shettima and other stakeholders to continue the good work and ensure that the positive things happening in Borno continues, especially the release of the remaining Chibok girls”
The statement says the choice of his being conferred with this award also stems from his giant strides in resettling the IDPs and his critical role in combating terrorisms.
“The painstaking negotiations, and safe return of many of the abducted Chibok girls is also a testimony to this fact. This is a pat on the back for more work to be done”
An elder statesman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur is also to be honoured during the event while Chief Tunde Ayeni, an entrepreneur would be speaking on the private sector component of the nation’s economy.
Comrade Agbenson said the conferment of the award is expected to take place during the Union’s lecture, dinner and award night on the 28th of October, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers Abuja, by 5.00pm prompt.
The statement indicates that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Mohammed Bello shall be the host of the occasion.
Members of the Union opened fierce debates on the basis for the invitation of the petite Kaduna governor who has a long string of anti-journalism records for which members chronicled in a Telegram social media page. The bottomline of majority members on the forum is that nobody wants the governor here. This has forced the FCT NUJ Council to summon an emergency meeting part of which is to review the decision of her members flatly rejecting the presence of the former FCT Minister.