The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said that the
South-East geo-political zone was not safe to hold its
delegates conference scheduled for October 4 in Abia
Petrus Obi, NUJ National Vice President, South-East zone,
stated this in a statement in Abuja.
He, however, called for a change of venue for the
conference to ensure the safety of the delegates and other
members who would be travelling from all over the
country to participate.
He said, “A glimpse of the security situation in the zone is
the ongoing sit-at-home order, which though has been
momentarily suspended by the IPOB authorities is being
largely complied with by residents and inhabitants
anywhere in the zone out of fear for their lives.
“It is on record that Abia, being the home state of Mazi
Nnamdi Kanu, has been worst hit by reports of insecurity
amidst palpable tension that has enveloped the entire
“The IPOB agitators sustained remonstration of the
continuous incarceration of their son and leader Nnamdi
Kanu may not have a better opportunity than this being
presented by the conference to make a statement.”
Oniftv reports that October has also been fixed for the
court hearing on the bail application of the IPOB leader.
Obi said, “I fear for the lives of the over 1,000 journalists
besides other participants, who will be in attendance at
the slated conference venue which of course I will not
attend because my life is so precious to me.
“It will be in the interest of the revered union and
professional body that the conference be postponed and
moved to a safer state in the face of security issues in the