|NFF arrogant after being begged|
During the week, the NFF in its characteristic and mischievous manner slammed a ban on two sports journalists, Messrs Ezeocha Nze of The Guardian Newspapers and Romanus Ugwu who writes for all-sport daily publication, Soccerstar, (a publication on the stable of TheSun) from its programmes, activities and events, until further notice. It was amusing to laugh at an organisation banning someone who is not your member! Idiocy in simplicita.
NUJ made me proud to be a journalist: Since the immediate constituency of the reporters, FCT SWAN went to bed, having been in romance with the NFF, they lost the ball to act to protect their members. The Abuja Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by Comrade Chuks Ehirim reacted by giving the NFF a 24-hour ultimatum to rescind its decision or face the full wrath of the union.
Then, the national leadership of SWAN as if they were reluctantly pushed gave the NFF one week to rescind the decision though in a harsh statement.
Whilst, I gathered that the local SWAN went begging their benefactors to “forgive their colleagues because of them.” (I hope this is not too true). No wonder the arrogant statement signed by the NFF Secretary General, Musa Amodu.
Following a meeting with the leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria and its FCT chapter in Abuja on Thursday morning, the NFF said it had decided to overlook the attitude of the two reporters for the sake of its cordial relationship with and respect for the professional standing of the overwhelming majority of members of the chapter in particular and the Nigeria sporting media in general.
“The NFF President has opted to overlook the hate campaign of the two persons in question and rather focus on the onerous task of moving Nigeria football to higher heights,” the NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said.
It was obvious that the Glass House saw that their game was up. Two, they never expected to get this quality of negative backlash. They had thought that since it was ‘their boys’ that are in the FCT Executive and in the national body, they won’t talk.
The NFF board rescinded their animalistic decision out of frustration, especially when they saw that they were heading for a total war, capable of consuming them in the long run. Thanks to the able and capable NUJ. For this act, I shall resume paying my dues now that I know I have a union that will protect me in trouble unlike the docile leadership we had in the last Council of the NUJ.
Unpopular NFF running a fresh unpopular war: If the NFF goons were smart, arising from the way and manner they had lost face in the Super Eagles AFCON victory in South Africa, how Stephen Keshi took the shine off them, how the Federal Government overlooked them (not a single mention of the NFF at the Presidential hosting of the team) and how corporate Nigeria had not reckoned with them in the celebration of the victory. It is enough disgrace.
I think while doing the psycho-analysis of the NFF conduct, it was the heap of frustrations that made them acted so irrationally against the two reporters who joined www.gongnews.net to report what they thought were secrets of the almost impeachment of the President, Aminu Maigari.
The death of investigative reportage: It is clear from the incidents leading to the ban that most of the reporters in Abuja only report what the NFF and top goons in sports want. A press release regime. The few who do investigative reporting got the story that got the two reporters the ban of the NFF. Ironically, the reporters had kept an all night vigil to get the reports which they published.
What vexed the NFF goons is not whether what the reporters reported were lies but that what they thought they had sealed as a ‘family affair’ leaked (ala wikileak or is it vaticanleak) and got to the public domain.
Thought I saw wrongly: Osaretin Emuze, respected voice and veteran sport writer had this to say: “Can you imagine common NFF Secretary barring two sports writers from its activities. Wonders shall never end. Who is he in the catalogue of men? So he wants every writer to follow them sheepishly, as some are doing right now. What a shame. SWAN EXCO, You have been rubbished.