27 February 2013

Nigeria: NUJ Tackles NFF Over Ban of Two Journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has given the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, 24hours to rescind its purported ban of two journalists: Ezeocha Nze of The Guardian and Romanus Ugwu, Sun Newspapers, from covering its activities.

The council in a statement signed by Comrade Chuks Ehirim, chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, described the alleged ban by the NFF to hangover of the dictatorship that has become the bane of football development in the country.

According to Ehirim, 14years after military rule, the NFF is yet to come to terms with democratic norms of freedom of speech and rule of law, warning that the union will not watch idly by while journalists are subjected to the whims and caprices of few individuals and or agencies.

Ehirim added that there is no law in the country that gives the NFF such powers to bar any journalists from carrying on with his official duties, stressing that the constitution gives them the right to hold any government official accountable and monitor governance on behalf of the people.

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