The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that in spite of the economic pressures brought on by the advancements in new media, it is still possible to do journalism with integrity, eschewing the false promise of clickbait headlines and fake news editorials.
While giving his opening remarks on the unveiling of the Green Chamber Magazine in Abuja on Wednesday, he applauded the noble daring of the press in Nigeria’s democratic journey. ”What we have come here to do today, is to unveil for all the world to see, a platform that is dedicated to the practice of a true and noble journalism, acting always in the best interests of the people, rejecting the temptation to use the power of the word for evil, when there is so much good yet to do.
”The Green Chamber magazine is not a propagandist outlet. Our service to the people who elected us is not enabled in any way by having at our beck and call, a media outfit that exists to massage our egos and tell us what we want to hear.” he said.
The Green Chamber Magazine was officially unveiled by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ably represented by Alh. Lai Mohammed. Dignitaries present include the Executive Governor of Katsina State, Alh. Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, Senators and House of Representatives members.
The occasion also featured two keynote speakers. Prof. PLO Lumumba, a pan Africanist who served as Director of Kenya Anti Corruption Commission and is currently the Director of Kenya School of Laws and Professor Magnus, a former Economic Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.