By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Nigerians and media practitioners have been charged to as a matter of necessity, shun greed, selfishness and deceit for the interest of true democracy and development of the country.
Stating that the country shouldn’t be celebrating “Democracy Day,” as the country is yet to practice true and acceptable democracy, Dr. Mahdi Shehu, at the maiden Democracy Day Public Lecture/Award Presentation held yesterday at Arewa House with theme: “Strengthening Democracy, Good Governance and Role of the Media,” said celebrating June 12, as democracy day is a show of shame by the government.
“June 12, 1993, was the day democracy was killed and buried in this country, and this is so because that election has and will still remain the most credible election ever held in the country.”
According to him, “elections in the country has witnessed unprecedented manipulations of results by people who have always and will always remain greedy, mischievous and insincere to the people they are supposed to be representing.”
Citing illustrations from the Holy Books, he urged politicians and Nigerians to emulate the life of Christ Jesus, who while, on earth demonstrated humility and sincerity, which as humans all have to adhere with.
Dr. Mahdi enjoined media practitioners to always be objective and factual in their reportage, as the security and wellbeing of the country depends on their level of professionalism.
“As journalists, it’s your responsibility to promote truth and unity of the country by shunning anything and unethical practices even if the organization one works for wants otherwise,” he averred.
Speaking at the occasion, former Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna state chapter, Mr. Andrew Fadason, tasked journalists to help in protecting democracy no matter the challenges and dangers the profession attracts.
“We have seen journalists that have died promoting truth, democracy and objective journalism in this country, but, this shouldn’t deter us as professionals from doing our jobs as journalists,” he advised.
Awards were given to deserving personalities amongst whom were Chairman Pinnacle Communications, Sir Lucky Omoluwa, Engineer Musa Nimrod, President Volleyball Federation of Nigeria, and Dr. Sank Adamu, Founder, Deservation.org