By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Osun state council, has expressed displeasure over the attack on Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC, by hoodlums parading themselves as #EndSARS protesters.
A statement by the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, and Secretary, Comrade Bukola Elufadejin, asserted that the Union could no longer tolerate senseless attacks on its members who were performing their lawful duties.
The statement noted that it was unfortunate that some criminals, despite the curfew declared by the state government, would lay siege to the state broadcasting house and destroy property of the corporation.
It maintained that if the state government could not guarantee safety of its members, journalists in the state would not have an option than to stay at home until the ongoing civil unrest was resolved.
The statement further said that the union was still embittered with the attack on a member, Mr Toyin Yusuf, on Saturday and called on the hoodlums-turned protesters to stop their hostilities against journalists as media remained the tool through which their agitations could reach those in position of authority.
It urged genuine protesters to redefine their agitations as their gains of the past twelve days had been defeated by activities of miscreants parading themselves as protesters.
“We were taken aback with the latest attack on OSBC Station on Wednesday, after a member of the union was callously brutalised on Saturday by these marauding hoodlums parading themselves as protesters.
“While we are in support of any democratic agitation to bring about egalitarian and just society, as an harbinger of democratic ethos and liberty, we implicitly frown at act of criminality and arson.
“It should be noted that the union may have no any other option than to call it’s members from the field until this crisis comes to a convincing end, if the state fails to provide necessary security for its members,” the statement said.