Address Nigeria’s Myriads Of Challenges, Cleric Tasks Buhari

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find lasting solutions to the gale of challenges bedevilling the Nigeria nation.

Bishop Ajakaye, made the call on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, during the 55th World Communication Day, where many journalists were in attendance at the Mass.

Bishop Ajakaye observed that the prevailing unfavourable situation in Nigeria now calls for concerns, most especially the issue of insecurity amongst others threatening the corporate existence of the country which he said the President himself must tackle headlong and not his aides talking to Nigerians every time , as it is  now.

The Bishop called on  Buhari,to govern the nation very well,asking him “what legacy would he leave behind when his tenure is over.

The Bishop said Nigerians should hold  all their political leaders responsible for their words and actions and  shun politics of idolatory in this country by jumping from one political party to win a seat in another.

The theme of the day: “Come and See”, Communicating by Encountering
People Where and as They Are”, the message of His Holiness Pope
Francis, for the 2021 World Communications Day.

Bishop Ajakaye also urged journalists,  to go beyond the “complacent attitude that we “already know” certain things.

He said: “as journalists we need to practice journalism, media of
integrity and credibility, saying there is no room for Armchair Journalism where a journalists bases his report or presentation on mere speculation without making thorough and necessary investigation.

According to the cleric, “Armchair Journalism portends danger saying fake news is destructive and divisive.  It
is sensational and it does nopt promote scholarship. It does not promote authentic communication.”

Ajakaye, however pointed out that the hallmark of journalism profession is investigative journalism which is research adding that investigative journalism demands patience,
sacrifice, commitment, willpower, which is focused on justice, peace.unity, harmony, growth and development.

He said investigative journalism should be promoted in any sane society, a  society where it is not anything goes, a society to upholds justice for peace and development.

Bishop Ajakaye, added that Pope Francis wishes that the term, “Come
and See”, will have positive impact in our daily relationship with one
another, “seeing is believing”.

“Love is also communication and it helps family members to share their
hopes and aspiration, joy and sadness together”.

Pope Francis said message today says:  “the risk of misinformation
being spread on social media has become evident to everyone.  We have
known for some time that news and even images can be easily
manipulated, for any number of reason, at times simply for sheer
narcissism”
“All of us are responsible for the communication we make, for the
information we share, for the control that we can exert over fake news
by exposing it.  All of us are to be witnesses of the truth: to go, to
see and to share”.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Head of Service,Mrs. Peju Babafemi, commended the catholic church for the celebration and urged journalists not to mis-used words when communicating with the people, as their job is becoming more hazardous in the society.

Media organizations attended the Mass including Rev. Fr. Anthony Ijasan, the Communications Director, Catholic Diocese of Ekiti.

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