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Published On: Wed, Nov 5th, 2014

Don’t be afraid of saying truth-Akanbi tell journalists

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Justice_Mustapha_AkanbiFrom Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

The former Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC), and President of Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi has urged Nigeria Veteran Journalists not to stop in telling the truth.

Akanbi, who stated this during a public lecture organised by the National League of Veteran Journalists, Kwara state chapter, entitled: “The role of journalists in ensuring free, fair and credible election in 2015”, said the group should always endeavour to expose corrupt government.

He noted that at this old age, Nigerians should not be afraid of any threat from any quarters in their course to put the right things on the right track.

The former ICPC boss, who expressed readiness to stand in for any oppressed Nigerians said veteran journalists, should continue to fight for others who are suffering in their hands of oppressors and corrupted leaders.

Akanbi challenged the group to protect the interest of Nigerian young journalists and contribute their quota to the anti-graft war in Nigeria.

In his lecture, a former Commissioner for Information in Kwara State and Executive Director, Marketing and Lagos Operations of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),Otunba Jide Adebayo appeal to Journalists to ensure persisted campaign on free and fair election ahead of 2015 general election and avoid propaganda.

He said Nigeria journalists must not compromise historical political struggle of their earlier compatriots to ensure democracy in the country, stressing that journalism is all about service to the people, not personal gains.

“For an efficient and effective packaging and dissemination of stories, a good journalist must be able to sieve the wheat from the chaff and shun corruption.

“He must be able to preserve the sanctity and sacredness of facts, which is what news is all about and differentiate it from comments which, in the words of immortal C.P. Scott, are “free”.

 

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