Friday, 7 March 2014
PRESIDENT JONATHAN AND HIS DENIED PEOPLE
President Jonathan who was expected in Yenagoa in the early hours on Thursday kept him expected to the evening when he was said to have arrived government House. Some media men especially amongst publishers who wanted to cast a gimps of their brother, the President, but they were disappointed to their bones as there was no way they could see the President.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, according to a Publisher of one of the Yenagoa based newspapers who pleaded anonymity recalled how the indigenous Press supported the political career of the president right from the time he was deputy governor and governor in the State to date and wondered why they were being sidelined now. Our source who regretted the level of degradation
and deliberate exclusion of the Bayelsa State Indigenous Press in the scheme of things commented on the non accreditation of Bayelsa Journalists to participate in National events.
"When Dr. Jonathan became Vice President we thought we were very close to the Villa because of his elevation, but we were wrong to think so, because nothing happened in that direction. When he became President in fact we thought that now nothing could stop us, but that was also wrong. Some very important national program mes like the "Silver Jubilee for Nigeria Independence and the Centenary Celebration",which pulled Journalist from all over the Country and diaspora to Abuja, but Bayelsans, the President's people were denied accreditation", our source narrated.
He concluded that this kind of embarrassment had affected their zeal to cover presidential program-mes.