Pub­lic­ity at all costs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

There are some del­e­gates who are so des­per­ate to be in­ter­viewed by the me­dia, par­tic­u­larly the tele­vi­sion sta­tions.

This re­porter was dis­cussing with a cam­era­man of an Abuja-based tele­vi­sion sta­tion dur­ing lunch time at the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day when the man hur­riedly ex­cused him­self and hid some­where. Mo­ments, the jour­nal­ist reap­peared. He pointed at two lady del­e­gates walk­ing out of the hall and said that he hid be­cause of them.

“You see I hid be­cause of these women del­e­gates. Be­fore you know it they would start ask­ing you to in­ter­view them. They al­ways asked to be in­ter­viewed when they come across you,” he said.

The col­league said the other day an­other lady del­e­gate com­plained that she “spent the whole evening watch­ing the tele­vi­sion but she didn’t see her in­ter­view.”

Ladies are not the only del­e­gates who crave pub­lic­ity at all costs. There are men who are al­ways be­fore the cam­eras talk­ing or ad­dress­ing clus­ters of news­men on the side­lines. Prom­i­nent among them is a lawyer from the Niger Delta, a re­li­gious leader from the South-West and many oth­ers.

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