By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has reechoed the need for Nigerian journalists covering politics to remain ethical by maintaining their neutrality and refraining from being partisan in carrying out their assignments.
The governor, who stated this when the newly elected state executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit Thursday, said the media as an important institution, has the obligation to report all governments, like other institutions and individuals correctly and fairly.
Abubakar said politics must be played with the highest degree of responsibility and modesty, pointing out that a new deal needs to be struck between the government and the NUJ because “the media is central to the entrenchment of democracy and survival of democratic rule”.
He observed that no serious altercation took place between his administration and the media, lamenting that some reports in the broadcast media have grossly gone against the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) broadcast code, adding that his administration only overlook such abuses in the broadcast media content.
The governor expressed happiness that the electorate have gradually started understanding the truth about the wrong presentation of the government in news content, while assuring his audience of the completion of digitisation of state-owned radio and television stations.