6 December 2017

Nigeria: Amosun, Others Task Journalists On National Unity

Abeokuta — Elder statesman and former World Court jurist, Bola Ajibola (SAN), yesterday urged the media to pay more attention to the corruption fight and indiscipline in the country.

Ajibola made the call just as Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stressed the need for the media to always promote national unity.

They spoke in Abeokuta at a public lecture organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council, as part of activities to mark its 2017 Press Week.

Media stakeholders, security operatives, civil society organisations and youth associations attended the press week with the theme: Cultivating New Media For Robust Journalism And Nation-Building.

Adesina, who spoke through the president's Special Assistant on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, appealed to journalists to desist from sensational and misleading stories for monetary gains.

He insisted that there could not be genuine democracy without the press, and challenged journalists to do all in their power to "deprive secessionists and terrorists of the oxygen of publicity."

"If Nigerian journalism is keen not to go the way of obsolescence, then it must step to embrace new Media. For the ongoing and unending task of nation-building, Nigerian journalists must, more than ever before strive to return to the basic principles and ethics of journalistic practice," he added.

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