Akinduro becomes Oyo NUJ Patron, cautions journalists on fake news

Dr Henry Akinduro, Chairman, Total Grace Group, has cautioned journalists against fake news as part efforts promote national development.

He made call Sunday in Ibadan during his investiture as Patron Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that colourful investiture attracted prominent Nigerians whom was Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan.

Akinduro, a medical doctor turned businessman, cautioned newsmen against the promotion of fake news which he said was dangerous the community.

“Journalism is not all about news. We must verify information about news very well as journalists before we display them.

“Fake news is dangerous the community and the most information I want pass across today is make sure that all journalists verify information very well before they publish,” he said.

He also called journalists to do more the security challenges bedeviling the nation, urging them to always promote the victory of Nigerian military over those of bandits and terrorists.

According to him, “a situation in which you promote more of the victory of the military over the incident that happens through Boko Haram and bandits. I think that will help a lot.’’

Akinduro thanked the union for appreciating his contributions to the society, promising to do more for the union and humanity.

Earlier, Mr Ademola Babalola, the NUJ Chairman, acknowledged Akinduro’s service to humanity which he said is the hallmark of the present administration in Oyo State.

He described the Ondo-born businessman as a “God’s vessel” who had continuously propagated the ideals of a typical Yoruba man.

According to him, “our new patron is not the richest or wealthiest Nigerian today, but he is wired with the spirit of attending to the needs of the people everywhere.

“For today’s event, we have brought before you, a man so passionate about humanity; an unrepentant philanthropist, a workaholic, a trailblazer, a shining star, an honest, God-fearing, diligent and wonderful personality.

“He is a God’s vessel, propagating ideals of a typical Yoruba Omoluabi. He comes across as a devout Christian having had Deeper background as a staunch worshipper for decades.’’

Babalola said that Akinduro’s is full of lessons for nowadays kids who daily seek to become billionaires overnight without minding how those successful businessmen navigated to break through in .

He expressed the hope that Akinduro’s installation would be an added advantage in addressing the needs of the union and members. (NAN)