Journalists Are Playing a Big Role, Says Bakare
The role of journalists towards the development of Nigeria has, once again, been articulated by the country’s top leaders of thought.
Speaking at an open symposium tagged: The Role of Journalism in Nation Building, which was held in honour of Pastor TundeBakare, a human rights activist and founder of Latter Rain Assembly, as part of his 60th birthday anniversary, top journalists across the country said the media practitioners had a big role to play in Nigeria’s democracy.
“Although government prefers that germane stories go unreported, we cannot allow that to happen because we have a conscience,” said Mr. Femi Adesina, the Managing Director of The Sun Newspapers.
“Government’s notion of national building is flawed. They want us to say no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. About 49 pupils were killed in BuniYadi and despite this, the Federal Government still held a centenary celebration as if all was well,” he added.
Chief AjibolaOgunsola, former chairman, Punch Newspapers, asked if “a journalist be considered beautiful if he or she questions Nigeria’s current standing?”
The celebrant, Pastor Bakare, said he resolved with his church members to hold his birthday celebrations every decade instead of annually.
He also said “Nigerian journalists are playing an incredible role in building the nation,” and demanded for a better working environment for media practitioners.
Other speakers at the event included Mr. Simon Kolawole, former editor of THISDAY and Editor-in-Chief of Cable Online, who blamed the insufficient contribution of Nigerian journalists to the nation’s growth on media ownership and Mr.AzubuikeIshiekwene, the Managing Director of Leadership Newspapers, who recommended that Nigerians must first understand the principles of media practice in order to be able to appreciate the role of the media in the society.
Activities will be held throughout the week to mark Pastor Bakare’s 60th birthday celebrations.