We didn’t ban journalists from State House- Nigerian govt.
The presidency has dismissed reports making the rounds, which suggested that it banned some media organisations from covering activities of the president at the Presidential Villa. We didn’t ban journalists.
This is just as it gave reasons for the suspension of the Federal Executive Council (FEC)meeting this week. The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this to State House correspondents, explained that the number of journalists was pruned down to help check the spread of coronavirus. He said, “Ban is a wrong word. Anybody that uses that word ban is just operating from a mindset and you know that Nigerians love conspiracy theories but this one is no conspiracy at all.
There is no ban. “What happened is that in the press gallery you have about 108 journalists in that single hall and it goes contrary to the spirit of the times. “The time dictates that you don’t have too many people congregated in one place. Imagine 108 journalists if one of them happens to catch the virus, he spreads it among all the journalists. “So we said for now let them stay away, not much is happening for now. But we picked a certain number, representative of the media, they will come in, if there is anything they will cover and those outside will also not miss because there would be a system in which they can share reports. We didn’t ban journalists.
“So ban will be a wrong word, it will be operating from a mindset of conspiracy and there is no conspiracy here at all.” On the suspended FEC meeting, Adesina said that the meeting was canceled due to the size of attendance.
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