The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Sunday in Abuja, began his visit to Nigeria with a meeting with state governors amid tight security.
According to reports by THEWILL, besides, correspondents of most media organisations, local and foreign, were barred from covering the parley, which began at about 6.45 p.m. at the Transcorp Hilton because they were unaccredited. The AFP, TV Continental (TVC), The Guardian, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), The Nation and Leadership and others were affected.
Although the list of the media accredited for the meeting was not made public at the venue, Nigerian Television Authority, Channels Television and NAN were granted access into the session.
Protests by representatives of the “unaccredited” media did not yield result as no official, either from the Nigerian Governors’ Forum or the UN was available to comment on it.
Ban Ki-Moon will also meet the Nigerian business community and the conversation would centre on “The Role of Nigeria Business and the Economy in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and Addressing Climate Change”.
Before departing later on Monday, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon will visit an immunization centre and hold a dialogue on democracy, human rights and countering violent extremism.
He will also address a joint press conference with President Muhammadu Buhari and also attend a dinner event at the villa.
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