Lawmaker task media on balance reportage

Terver Domininc, Abuja

Senator Gemade said the media is required to be agent and catalyst of peace and development.

As the Nigerian government continues to seek lasting solutions to insecurity problems in some parts of the country, the media has been urged to ensure fairness in reporting issues to promote peace and national development.

Senator Barnabas Gemade challenged the media to rise up to their responsibility as the watchdog of the society.

He said this during an interactive with members of the Benue Journalists forum of Nigeria, who were on a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

Thorough investigation
Gemade said the habit of rushing to the press with half-baked news is damaging and must be avoided at all times.

“The mainstream media must at all times conduct a thorough investigation on issues before publishing. This way they won’t appear to be propagandist in the hands of politicians with vested interest during crisis.”

Nigeria is presently facing internal security challenges. The most notably is the herdsmen/farmer clash in the North-central part of Nigeria and some other parts of the country as well as the Boko-Haram insurgency in the North-eastern States.

He stated that it is unfortunate that Nigeria is faced with the issue of insecurity even as he is confident all the security challenges would soon be a thing of the past.

The lawmaker, therefore, call for unity amongst Nigerians so as to move the country forward.

Benue Journalists forum president, Comrade Unduu Saater, who led members of the forum, urged Senator Gemade to remain steadfast in all that would have direct positive impact on the well-being of the people.

Sammie Idika