The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Chris Isiguzo has described it as unwarranted and unacceptable, the manner some security agencies allow themselves to be used by politicians to harass, intimidate, arrest and detain journalists for carrying out their constitutionally assigned duties.
In a Press Briefing on the State of the Nation in Abuja, Comrade Isiguzo said a situation where a politician runs to security operatives on very flimsy issues alleging libel or slander over published stories without following laid down legal procedures and clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution must be checked by the needs of the security agencies.
Comrade Isiguzo who made it clear that the journalists must be allowed to carry out their professional duties in the interest of the public without intimidation and harassment, stated that the Union will no longer sit and watch such acts of impunity against its members and however urged members of the union to adhere to the ethics of the profession, in-line with global best practices.
He further used the occasion to enjoin the Federal Government to quickly brace-up to its duties of addressing some critical areas of governance in the Country, including insecurity, inflation, scarcity and high cost of petroleum products, power, food scarcity and disrespect for the rule of Law, and demanded that those fingered in revelations regarding insecurity be brought to book.
The NUJ National President appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari in the interest of the Nation to personally intervene in the lingering ASUU strike to save the Nation from future embarrassment,
He stressed the need for the politicians to shun acts capable of causing problems before, during and after the 2023 general elections and challenged INEC to continue to discharge its mandate professionally.