Kogi Gov. cautions media practitioners against manipulation by politicians



Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has called on media practitioners across the country not to allow politicians to manipulate them into spreading news and heating the polity.


Bello made the call in his address at the 17th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference 2021 (ANEC) organised by Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) on Friday in Abuja.


The theme of conference is “Media in Times of Crises: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus”.


The said that media practitioner should not be doing the old thing in the current trend and expect different result.


According to him  is the media, editors and media owners that should agenda for politicians  in the country not the other way round.


“If you allow the politicians to to the agenda for this country, especially in the area of selecting leaders, from top-down or bottom-up, then, I don’t think we are ready to get the country on the right track.


” This is because, whether we like or not, Nigeria will always be who or what we want to be when journalists and media owners the correct agenda for the politicians, and Nigerians and drive through.


“If you don’t, only God knows what will happen after 2023. However, is worthy to ask what agenda are we setting, is ethic, religious, or agenda,” Bello asked.


The said media agencies have reporters all over the country, and “ is high time they tell themselves the truth and the agenda.”


He said that God would not send an angel to become the president of Nigeria.


is Nigerians that will have to choose their leaders to fix the various challenges facing the country.”


“By the time you allow the politicians to to drive the agenda, whatever you see, you should take it. This is democracy and numbers matter.


” Also, communication to the masses are usually through the media. How you the agenda and messages to the people matter. If you do not communicate the right message to the people, we will to have who we do not desire.


“It takes decisive, courageous,  fair-minded and balanced leader to be able to fix this country and to be able to fix our challenges as a nation.


“However, it requires the collaboration, understanding, and painstaking agenda setting of the media, to educate, sensitive and teach our people on the various steps of how to select the next leader or leadership,” Bello said. (NAN)