Posted by Oluwafunmilayo Daramola | 10 December 2019 | 1,250 times
The Nigerian Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has cleared the air over the postponement of the 2019 Integrity Specialty of the Anti-corruption Defender Award to be concerned on him by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).
The WSCIJ had, in a release signed by its Executive Director/CEO, Motunrayo Alaka, said VP Osinbajo “himself shares this awareness and the inappropriateness of the award at this point.”
However, the vice president in a letter to the centre dated 8th of December, 2019, said his engagement in Abu Dhabi where he would be speaking at an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE coincides with the Award, and as such won’t be available at the Awards.
Osinbajo also said it would be “insensitive and “inappropriate to receive the award on the heels of the re-arrest of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoleye Sowore, on Friday, 6th of December.
Recall that the Centre, on Monday, said the Award for Osinbajo, was suspended to “align with protests against the repression of freedom of speech in recent times, especially the incident between the Department of State Security (DSS) and Omoleye Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, on Friday, 6 December.”
The centre also claimed the decision to suspend the award was reached by both parties.
However, probably not pleased with the reasons cited by the centre, the presidency on Monday evening via its Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, released the details of the letter sent to the centre. (Nigerian Tribune)
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