Sports writers in Nigeria have distanced themselves from a purported group known as the Guild of Sports Editors which wrote the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the ongoing political tussle by football politicians happening at the Nigeria Football Federation.
The national body, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), reacting through the national secretariat and signed by its national secretary Andrew Abah said its attention has been drawn to a group named ‘Guild of Sports Editors’, which wrote a letter to His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan over the raging NFF crisis.
According to SWAN an umbrella body of sports journalists, although it is in support of very bit of sincere move that will bring the feud to an end it denounces the group and abhors the manner in which a sectional group of Lagos-based editors assembled themselves in the name ‘Guild of Sports Editors’.
“Of course it’s unfortunate the crisis rages on as caused by some greedy self-seeking football administrators who have found the Glass House as a mere gold mine, a thorough cleansing of the sector has become increasingly inevitable. Since the brouhaha started SWAN has been studying the trend of events with keen interest as they unfold and will soon come up with its true position at the appropriate time, especially now that the crisis has brought our leagues to a standstill.
SWAN however abhors the manner in which a group of Lagos-based editors assembled themselves in the name of ‘Guild of Sports Editors’ only when the crisis is in top gear. Sports journalism does not start and end in Lagos. There are sports editors across the states of the federation that deserve to have a say if at all such a body must exist within the fold of our umbrella body the NUJ.” The statement said.
SWAN called on all its members to disassociate themselves from the letter the group purportedly wrote to His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan because the letter does not sincerely represent the generality of the Nigerian sports journalists.
“The Association also believes Mr. President has a lot on his hands to attend to which is why he has a Sports Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) and a Director-General that both have the capacity to bring together stakeholders with a view to bringing the crisis to an end.” The statement ended.