Ikharo Attah Is Not Our Enemy – NUJ
By Ignatius Ushie
The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists FCT Council has been drawn to several online messages against the person of Mr. Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of the FCT on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, since the directive for parks and gardens to close by 7pm.
This position which was made known in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu respectively noted that, “while as a Council we understand the angst against that policy of the government, we are however worried by the personal attacks even from some journalists against Mr. Attah”, adding that “for the avoidance of doubt, as an appointee of government, Mr. Attah was not responsible for the drafting and enactment of the controversial policy, nor is he responsible for the directive on parks and gardens closure”. The statement called on journalists to stop henceforth the attack on the person of Attah.
“It is in this regard that we urge our colleagues to express their displeasure with civility and within the realm of decency. The idea of personal attacks with some bordering on threats are not welcome and should cease.
“We do not wish that some unscrupulous elements latch on to these suggestive messages and see it as an avenue to cause physical harm to Mr. Attah or any of his loved ones”, the statement noted.
Mr. Attah has distinguished himself as a journalist who at all times upheld the code and ethics of the profession and remains no less a thoroughbred professional.