Funny but true, a veteran journalist, Reuben Abati, appeared to have tackled a young correspondent who addressed him by his first name during a live broadcast.
Is this a serious issue, well, it isn't and here is why?
While viewers might have taken it out of context, the former presidential spokesman who now anchors for Arise Tv was merely making a joke.
In the Nigerian parlance, the remark 'calling my name as though you were there during my naming ceremony' is usually used when a younger person appears to be addressing an older individual as though there's a slight difference in their age or as he/she would address a peer.
While the Nigerian culture leaves room for "respect" when addressing an older individual, the professional environment brings this into play by adding titles such as Mr, Mrs, MD, SP(shortened for supervisor), editor, and so on.
However, it appears that journalism as a profession, especially on TV and Radio, allows for people to be addressed by their first name, or a title, as commonly seen, leaving out the Uncle, Aunty this and/that, or by the last name in the case of print or online, depending on the house style.
Looking closely at the clip circulating on social media, Abati, in this case, appeared to have made the remark as a joke while the younger correspondent called repeatedly due to an obvious connection issue between the studio and the reporting field.
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