As Nigeria prepares for the 2023 general elections, journalists have been charged to go extra mile in educating and informing the electorate on the corrupt background of some of the candidates standing for elective positions.
This he said is to ensure that Journalists remain responsive to the duty of holding governments accountable to the people.
Addressing journalists at the Media Executive Summit organised by the Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo called on them to rededicate themselves to fixing a new Nigeria where all acts of criminality, cheating and corruption will be fully exposed and dealt with, while freedom of expression, equality, and equity will be the rights of all.
He regretted that some Journalists appear not properly equipped to launch media war against the things and people that cause disorder, disunity and disaffection in the country and commended the State chapter of the NUJ for organising training and retraining programmes for members for improved performance, even in a digital environment.
Bishop Nwokolo also called on the Media to join hands with the Soludo administration in tackling insecurity in Anambra.
While expressing satisfaction with Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s promise to be principled, honest and just in his administration, the bishop equally expressed optimism that Government appointments, provision of amenities and employment would be evenly shared irrespective of political or religious affiliations, calling on the Governor to take serious steps to right the wrongs of the past in Anambra, in order to make the State livable and prosperous.
He described the Summit on Objective Reporting and Unionism in a Digital Era as apt, given that Nigeria and the entire world are going through the crucibles of misinformation and misrepresentation of facts in telling the stories of real incidents and happenings across the globe.