By Eke Macdonald Ndubuisi - TBP
July 26, 2017

Information is vital to a healthy society and help bridge the gap between the informed and the uninformed amongst the rank and file in the society; the polity must not be heated up with the wrong or false information to her general public at all times, but it seems that is exceptional in Nigeria as we are made to believe and see. Nigeria has been ridiculed to the brim by the cabals at Aso rock. So many anomalies has befall the Nigeria state under APC led Government.

I wonder what happens to the consciousness of the Nigerian press media houses or would I rightly say the Nigeria Union of Journalists; this body has failed to live up to her responsibilities and help address the situation in the country without looking for financial gains from the power that be, it is most regrettable that till date no Nigerian press media houses could authentically tell or report back to the Nigerian populace the state being of their President.

It will be mockery of this contribution not to recognize the role played by Late Dele Giwa in Nigeria, the Founding Publisher/Editor In-Chief Newswatch Magazine for his steadfastness and agility to always make sure that information going out to the general public was not distorted by the Nigerian Government and her cronies; this they found embarrassing and murdered him on October 19, 1986. Since his demise what we have in Nigeria is junk news media houses.

First, the absolute work of a journalist is to make sure that he or she feeds her citizens with the right and proper information on state of the matter towards events taking shape in their society; but this is found amiss in Nigeria of today under a brutal octogenarian.

With APC in power things has gone far worse than any other system or administration in Nigeria that the bridge can no longer amend the gap between the masses and her government; men and women are forced to lie to their constituents in other to retain their position or say the truth and receive sack letter from your post.

Where have the people gone wrong? Who are the people to blame for this? Are we to blame the people or blame the Nigerian press media houses or the Government for distorting genuine  information from reaching them, or do we hold the duo responsible for this mess?

Since upward and downward system of communication and information is perceived to be confined by the Nigerian Government to which is wrong; media is the absolute tool of a journalist when halted could have severe effect on the sensibility of the people, what would be the collective fate of the led masses if information are being concocted, distorted by the Government who are supposed to be transparent in their dealings at all times to show and serve as a good example to her citizens.

It is a pity that the people can no longer hear from their Government [President] neither is the ailing President willing to report back to them as what we see this days are nothing but mere media propaganda coming from the Nigerian Government with the backing of the Nigerian press media houses.

In a sane democracy everyone is treated equal to embrace the right to information, speech, assembly and expression but I think Nigeria under semi-repented dictator Mohammadu Buhari has shifted to one party system ideology of saying it all and having it done by her agents without questioning; but we must remind this Government that as human and society evolves so do knowledge, modifications and innovations follow trend; so to do this Government owe the people the right to know at all times without distortion.

Media is the mouthpiece of the people and the Government but what I can authoritatively infer in this piece is that the media now does the hatchet jobs of misinforming the people in other to get them paid. Lobbying the media by the Nigerian Government should not make them to dish out peripheral information to her citizens if such society must stand strong; I must commend the pertinacious attitude in Biafra reporters that information must not be distorted going out for public consumption no matter whose ox is groaned.

A society where the Government is not truthful, straightforward should put work into action to improve on information for public consumption; any society devoid of telling her citizens the right information at the right time is simply heading into a one party system ideology where the Government uses his party dogma [Dictatorship, Tyranny, Totalitarian] to stifle life out of the common man and report something else to the public consumption in other not to heat up the polity. In this case it is viewed that the people are the victims while the Government is the victor.

The area of information and technology under APC led Government is being tele-guided; no journalist in Nigeria as we speak can question the Nigerian Government over the state of affairs happening in Nigeria; rather the power that be in Abuja gives the Nigerian press media houses information on what to say or write. The Nigerian air waves has be polluted and saturated with falsehood; money now plays the news not what happened is being reported to the people of Nigeria.

Its high time the Nigerian Government to come out clean and tell her people where their President is; the people voted Mohammadu Buhari in and wish to see him address the nation on his feet not on social media outlets with Photoshop pictures of Mr.President. It is right to say that Nigeria is heading to anarchy since the Government is living under falsehood and denial of her right of giving credible information to her people. Let us all watch and see what may befall Nigeria sooner than later if this issue is not addressed.

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