His Articles Are Junk – Group Asks NUJ To Sanction John Mayaki
A social -political group, the Edo Transformation League (ETL) has called on the Nigerian Union of Jou4nskists, NUJ to sanction, a self acclaimed Oxford Scholar and political commentator, John Mayaki over what it describes as his “junk journalism”.
In a petition it titled, “John Mayaki’s junk journalism: a litmus test for conscience and integrity in news reportage, by Nigeria Union of Journalists (N. U. J.). Being a petition to N. U. J. President,” the National Coordinator, Barr. Broderick Owamagbe Enabulele lambasted Mr. Mayaki over his series of divisive and anti- Godwin Obaseki articles.
“When the executive arm of government of any society is substantially corrupt, the nation will be stunted from advancement; when the legislative arm of government of any society is driven by chauvinism, the nation’s chances of progress will be deeply entangled; when the judiciary of any society is politicized and driven by ethnic interests, the nation’s chances of recovery will be devastatingly hopeless; and when the press, otherwise called the ”fourth estate of the realm” is substantially manned by quacks or handouts-seeking writers, you may know – that you are in a bedridden nation, or, that, you are in a yet to be announced Dead Country. (Collins Enoy, 1998).
“The classic picture painted above by a famous Mexican Poet, and musician, clearly dipits the unfortunate scenarios of our country, Edo State in particular. Without equivocation, Nigerian press has been the lifeline inspiring a sense of hope to most traumatized Nigerians, as the political class evidently turned against the masses – in their insatiable quest for primitive aquisition of wealth. This lifeline is dwindling, and unless rescue measures are urgently put in place, especially, disciplinary measures, we may suffer the wrath foretold by that Late Chinua Achebe’s professoral caution, in one of his prime novels There was a country. It will become done on all of us if your national Union leadership refused to heed this clarion call. “
ETI asked NUJ to constitute an editorial panel to ascertain and review Mayaki ‘s pieces.
“We urge you, to kindly summon an editorial panel to read or review all junk ‘publication’, put in circulation in the name of Edo APC factional politics by one John Mayaki, – who pride himself as Joseph Goebbels of Edo People’s Movement, and who parade himself as an Oxford University scholar.
“We pledge to produce on demand, hard or soft copies of his numerous diatribes and missive against Edo State Government. ‘Unfortunately’, we have to shelve ethnic or primordial sentiments in petitioning our fellow Edo man to your exalted Union, in a bid clean up the Altar of truth and national conscience, which are the driving principles of your calling as a journalist.
“The depth of devious prevarications by John Mayaki against Edo State Government lives much to be desired for journalism in Nigeria, and by extension, his ‘handouts’ inspired articles and news reportage cast doubts in the character-modelling integrity of Oxford University, a renowned first class citadel over learning in England. How sad.
“His most recent missive titled “Trouble in Obaseki’s illegal Assembly: Embittered Okiye threatens to shut EDHA, run abroad – By John Mayaki” is one of the mischievous figment of his cruel imagination, aimed at bringing down all institutions of government in Edo State, while oiling the heartless ego of his paymaster. Consistent with his notorious sense of lobotomy, there is no single truth in this publication, other than to enthrone a perception of hate-insurgency on the part of Edo people against Edo State Government.
“There is nothing libelous that John Mayaki has not concorted against Edo State Government, the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, in their personal and official statuses.
“We are capable of self-help, in view of his unquenchable resolve to bring down the taproots of governance in Edo State, on a second thought, we believe that your leadership will allay our fears, that after all, John Mayaki is not bigger than your national Union.
“The evil attempt by Mayaki to imaginary defame those that toiled to enthrone his paymaster as Governor, has already been condemned in strong terms accordingly.
“The slide into political oblivion of his godfather and paymaster clearly shows that he is paying the prize for his ingratitude to those that brought him to power. We respectfully seek your candid and timely intervention into this humane petition, because, a stitch in time, saves nine.