Obasanjo, Amosun task media on national unity
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 16, 2016
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has challenged media practitioners in Nigeria to work towards the unity and cohesion of the country. Obasanjo spoke today at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the annual National Summit of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Represented by the former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola, the former President expressed reservations about the way the Nigerian media sometimes allows ethnicity to cloud its sense of professionalism. He complained that the media often rush to town with false and unverified reports.
Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun in his remarks urges journalists to always be on their guard against forces that seek to take advantage of the formidable power of the profession for their selfish ends.
Also speaking at the same event, the Minister for Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, enjoined the media to emphasize reports that tend to unite the nation. The opening session of the three-day Summit also witnessed goodwill messages from the Governors of Lagos and Kwara States among other dignitaries.