A management staff of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, has denied report making the rounds that the school lecturers threatened to resign if artiste, Koredo Bello, who is an HND student of the institution is allowed to sit for exam.

Reports surfaced online days back that NIJ’s lecturers threatened to resign if Korede was allowed to write the forthcoming examination as he didn’t meet up with the school’s mandatory 70% attendance.

Denying the report, a management and academic staff of the institution who craved anonymity, stated that he was unaware that Korede would be barred from writing the examination.

“I have heard nothing of the sort. Besides, why is Korede Bello being singled out…is it because he’s a celebrity? If the 70% attendance policy is followed to the letter, many students will be affected as they wouldn’t be allowed to write exams; that’s why we temper justice with mercy sometimes.

“It’s sad that Journalism in Nigeria has been reduced to mere sensationalism, and the promotion of the Pull Him Down (PHD) syndrome.

“None of our academic staff ever granted an interview stating that Korede wouldn’t be allowed to write exams, so I see the reports as mere figments of the imagination of the people who wrote them.

“Korede Bello completed his National Diploma (ND) programme here, and he became a star through this school. Don’t forget that he is a brand icon of this school, and as such, he has a special status in the school.”

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