My attention has been drawn to a social media post by Farooq Kperogi, who happened to be my junior at Bayero University Kano, where he referred to PRNNigeria, rather than PRNigeria, as Prof Isa Ali Pantami’s PR firm, amidst other untoward, if not reckless and unproven insinuations.
I had never thought my relationship with Kperogi would lead him to question the integrity of PRNigeria, yet I will refrain from joining issues with him, as this would constitute a poor reflection of my upbringing and training as a PR person, whose calling is essentially about the building and nurturing of relationships. Yet, he is free to fact-check my reputation and that of PRNigeria in the past decade of our unparalleled interventions in the public space.
To help him, he should even go farther into the past from the days of the Mass Communications department at BUK, to the NYSC, and then professional memberships and affiliations in NIPR, APRA, IPRA, and others. I had always thought that the sacred act of public commentary is one that is grounded in truth-telling and the respect for boundaries of others, and not some flippant pandering to the impulse of seeking to rubbish well-built reputations in some spurious act of self-righteousness, which seeks to feign a holiness that’s above everyone else.
And to whom it may concern, my relationship with Prof Pantami is more of that of a brother and respected peer, than that of a client or employer, yoked together in a transactional crucible. I would have it no other way. Thank you.
Yushau A. Shuaib wrote in from Abuja.