The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has charged Nigerian journalists to focus properly on what is good for Nigeria, press is an integral part of the country’s democracy, hence the need for media practitioners to double-check their facts and ensure they are fair and balanced before going to press.
Receiving a delegation from the DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and RayPower FM in his office on Thursday, led by the chairman of the company, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, he encouraged journalists to ensure proper investigative journalism that would benefit the country.
He said if the Nigerian democracy fails due to false press, it would affect all citizens, noting that it would cost nothing for journalists to be ethical and diligent in their work. “There’s a lot of duty, ethical duty, to be apolitical and report accurately.
The National Assembly, sometimes due to its own making and sometimes not, has got a lot of bad press. The sooner we realise we’re hurting ourselves, the better. My charge, my hope and my appeal are that we begin to focus properly on what’s good for Nigeria,” he said. He added that media is an integral part of democracy, because it can frame or change narrative.”It’s because of the capacity of the press to change the narrative of what’s happening that we set up the Green Chamber magazine. It’s often said that you tell your story the best way you can.
“Most of us see stories that are far from the truth, not even close to the truth. When journalists think they’re hurting the National Assembly, they’re only hurting the country”, he said. Earlier, Dokpesi Jnr thanked the Speaker for sending representatives to the last town hall meeting organised by the company.
He said the company came up with the idea of the town hall meeting as an avenue to bring all stakeholders to discuss national issues that would benefit Nigeria. Saying they hope to promote the good ideals of democracy using the town hall meetings, the DAAR Communications chairman sought for the understanding of the House to achieve that.