Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Malala Yousafzai visits Prof Osibanjo + UNICEF Staff Allegedly Humilated Nigerian Journalists at Her Event

The youngest Nobel laureate winner till date was in Abuja a few days ago where she met with the acting president, Prof. Osibanjo. While in Abuja, she is said to have suggested that government should pay attention to the education sector.......
“They are happy to work more on education. We are also happy to hear positive response from the minister as well in ensuring that education is prioritised
It was a different story when she got to Maiduguri. According to Sahara Reporters, Nigerian journalists were humiliated by officials of UNICEF. It is being alleged that they were treated with disdain by the officials who told them out rightly  they were not needed there. They only wanted foreign journalists at the event.

If this is indeed true, then it is sad. The whole BBOG campaign was covered extensively by Nigerian journalists before foreign media got wind of it. Some of them risked their lives in the process.  It is sad that because a foreigner is here now, they are suddenly 'not good enough'. *SMH*

Read the report below........

A senior officer of the UNICEF asked journalists representing various media organizations to leave, saying that they were not invited to cover the event.

The official prevented them from getting access to the school where Malala was meeting students.

Other officials humiliated by UNICEF staff include the Borno State Commissioner of Education, members of the National Assembly, officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and police officers.

“We have arrangements. Only the foreign media are permitted to enter the venue or snap pictures of Malala, we do not need local media,” the official said. “Only the [foreign] press and people in the entourage will go inside.”

Some of the reporters protested and insisted that they should be allowed to cover the event for the benefit of Nigerians.

Another UNICEF staff interjected and began shouting at journalists, saying that they were not invited to the event.

“People like you can not come and talk to me. You are a nobody, get out from this place,” the UNICEF officer told one reporter.

Despite pleading with the UNICEF officers, the journalists left the IDP camp and school without covering the event.

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