The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has urged members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and other attendees at the burial of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, to stay away from the daily media briefings for now.
Specifically, the NUJ said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of COVID-19 Task force, Mr Boss Mustapha, and others should “demonstrate dignified responsibility by not putting journalists and others who attend the daily briefing in harm’s way” by staying away.
Persecondnews recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Saturday barred Ministers, Advisers and other officials as well as journalists who attended the burial of Kyari from the State House, Abuja.
He directed them to proceed on a 14-day self-isolation immediately.
“Following the protocol already established by the PTF and the Presidency in asking all those who attended the funeral rites for the late Mallam Abba Kyari, former Chief of Staff to the President, the NUJ urges in particular, members of the PTF who were at the Defence House and Gudu cemetery, to respectfully not attend the daily Covid-19 briefing until after the 14 days isolation,” the chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, said in a statement.
“Anything other than this will further cast doubt on the integrity of the PTF, and put the little gains already achieved in jeopardy.”
He called on journalists who would be at the briefing to “protest and possibly stage a walk out if any of the members that were at any of the rites shows up.”