Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on email@example.com
Femi Adesina, one of the spokespersons for the Nigerian President has launched his personal blog where he publishes pictures and statements about President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidency in general.
But the move has triggered anger among colleagues who see him as benefiting personally from their work rather than promoting the president from official channels, including the presidency’s official website.
“There are many people who work hard in the presidency to convey the president’s message with visual, text and graphics, and for him to start publishing our work on his personal blog rather than on the official page of the presidency with proper accreditation is clearly a violation of our rights and an abuse of office,” one colleague told TODAY NEWS AFRICA on Friday.
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“Imagine the photographer taking pictures, the videographer shooting videos, the writer preparing the message, imagine them using the materials first on their personal blogs rather than send them to reporters or publish them on official channels when they are being paid with public funds to do just that! That’s an abuse of office and a scam,” a second colleague said, adding, “If Adesina wants to become a blogger, let him become a blogger. But he cannot use his position to extort us”.
Most of those who spoke with this medium did not want their names published for fear of being discriminated against, but they described pent up anger that may soon become public.