Certificate Forgery Allegation: Isiguzo Giving NUJ Bad Name, He Should Step Aside – VP North West

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NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Vice President North West Zone of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Comrade Yusuf Idris has challenged the National Executive Council (NEC) for not saying anything concerning the alleged certificate forgery of the President of the NUJ Comrade Chris Isiguzu which has already given the union a bad name.

He explained that the ICPC is still investigating the certificate scandal.

Comrade Yusuf Idris was reacting on the NEC platform on the recommendations of Ondo council of the union of removing the Zonal Vice President B Zone, Comrade Cosmos.

Vice President Yusuf Idris said that the NEC members were still deceiving themselves that the certificate allegation of NUJ President Comrade Chris Isiguzu will just disappear like that while Nigerians are watching and waiting.

“Let’s think deeply before we lose what we are proud of because of the misdoing of some individuals”. He said.

“Why are we moving from one court to another and losing the cases with damages being awarded against the union? Why can’t we, as a responsible body initiate such policies that would better the union and our lot?” He asked.

On the issue of Zone B recommendations, Vice President North West Zone, Comrade Yusuf Idris explained that the Vice President Zone B retired from service from a government media establishment because of the demands of the civil service, in this case, retirement by age or by years of service.

“He however, did not retire from journalism practice as a journalist, by securing another employment with another media organisation.

“Even though he’s under no obligation to display it on this platform, (his obligation is only to the National Secretary as the Chief administrator of the union for his information and necessary action) but he displayed his letter of retirement and subsequently displayed his letter of another employment somewhere. Now we are talking of the VP belonging to a Chapel not recognized by Oyo council as if NUJ belongs to a few people.

“Gentlemen, I seriously think we should have a rethink towards doing the right thing always. Honour and civilization means that if you are faced with such a situation, the moral thing to do is to step aside in order to allow the right thing to be done”

He said it was most unfortunate that situations like this are happening in a union.

“One is forced to ask; why are we desperate and for what? Why are such crises being instigated from one council to the other?

“We lost the case in Ogun where the court overturned the dissolution of the Amosun led exco. We lost the case against Waheed, Petrus, and Chibota where the court ruled that their suspension did not follow due process and it awarded damages of N5 million against the union.

“We are in court in Oyo where Faniran is challenging the election of Ademola. Why are these crises? NUJ is a highly responsible Union and must be seen as such.

“We have a constitution that guides our actions as members (even though it needs updating as rightly pointed out by my colleague Chairman from FCT, which should have been our focus) but unfortunately, the constitution is pushed to the background and overtaken by selfish interests hence our misfortunes.”

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