journalism is not merely a precondition for democracy—the raw material – JON BEKKEN
It enables us as citizens to have our voices heard in the chambers of power and allows us to monitor and moderate the sources of power that shape our lives.
During his visit to Jos, Plateau State, as part of his consultations towards his presidential ambition, the former Vice President and 2023 aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, ordered his security details to chase out journalists covering the meeting he was having with party delegates.
Friday Bako, the Chairman of Plateau State Online Media Publishers, who spoke to newspeople on the incident, “Atiku who was apparently angry over the way journalists called him out on his disgraceful handling of the Deborah Samuel lynching saga where he chickened out and deleted a tweet he earlier made because of threats from some Muslim youths, ordered journalists to be beaten and chased out of PDP secretariat in Jos.”
He said that “Atiku who arrived the secretariat at about 2.19pm while journalists had been there since 10am (4 hours late) which was the official time announced for the meeting. But when he came, he was visibly angry and ordered the reporters out of the hall.
“He was shouting at the top of his voice: ‘I have nothing to do with you journalists. I don’t need you. I’m here to see delegates.
“When he saw that the journalists were not willing to leave, he ordered his security details and aides to chase the newsmen out of the hall.
“His aides and security details immediately pounced on the journalists, beat them up and seized their equipments. In the stampede, the camera and tripod of the Channels Television crew were damaged in the process.
“It was such a surprise and disappointing scenario to see a presidential aspirant who wants to rule Nigeria behaving in such a manner.
“Even the pleas of the State PDP Chairman and other top party members could not persuade Atiku to call his men to order as he was bent on carrying out his threats,” Bako said.
Democracy is supposed to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people. In Nigeria’s case, it is the government of the fraudulent, by the fraudulent and for the fraudulent. Atiku, who made his controversial fortune on the backs of the sweat of the Nigerian people, a man lucky enough to have served as a vice president of the country, a man seeking the votes of the people, yet treats the people with utter disdain and violence, if the press cannot ask him questions about his deleted tweet on Deborah, a girl who was violently executed by mindless religious fanatics and extremists, who will dare to ask him questions about his stewardship of the country if he becomes president?
Again, these politicians do not care about ordinary Nigerians, it’s all about them and their interests, and of those close to them. By Atiku’s actions, one has been given a window into his mindset and how he will ‘rule’ Nigeria if given the chance to become the president; a brutal DESPOT.
Nigerians, shine your eyes, vote wisely, for a word is enough for the wise.
Atiku apologises for assault on Plateau journalists; kind of
In a statement on Tuesday, Atiku apologised for the incident, saying he could not have directed that the media be shut out of the event.
The Leader of the Technical Committee of Atiku Abubakar 2023 Presidential Aspiration, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who signed the statement on behalf of his principal denied the report by a section of the media that the press was prevented from covering the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar’s consultations held on Monday in Jos with delegates of the Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party. He said it was obvious that journalists were already in the hall in their numbers and that he wanted to meet with delegates separately before speaking with them.
He also said the presidential aspirant only pleaded that the media excuse the meeting, and return for interviews after the consultation and apologised over the manner the security operatives handled the situation.
The technical committee leader appealed to journalists not to misinterpret the intention of the former Vice President, saying the media has always been part of his agenda.
Regarding the apology, My mother too was a virgin (lol), if you don’t gerrit, forggerabourit.
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