The Deputy Senate President wants media practitioners to focus more attention of the country’s leaders to service delivery.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, asked the media to redirect the attention of the country’s leaders and the political class to service delivery, in order to reduce political tensions being generated by the coming 2015 general elections.
He stated this at an international experience sharing conference on media and elections, organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and the International Development Partners, under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Abuja.
“It is now a little less than two years away from the next general election and politicking and contestations are presently at a feverish pitch; the nation is already caught in the political fireworks of 2015; and governance has taken the backstage because we have turned Nigeria into an election nation in perpetuity,” Mr. Ekweremadu said.
“After elections, mandate delivery should follow and those already elected deserve some breathing space to do their work, while the media and the public should hold them accountable to their promises. On the other hand, those elected into offices should also concern themselves less about the next election, knowing that only one good term deserves another.”
The Deputy Senate President said though the politicians would be held responsible for overheating the system, the media should also ask themselves if they had done enough to temper the political trepidation over 2015 general election.
He said, “As agenda setters to chart the trajectory of national discuss to those key governance issues that affect the lives of the ordinary Nigerians; the media should not play into the hands of those bent on making political hostages out of the nation and her people.
“I urge members of the media to turn down the volume on the 2015 election. It is too loud, and it is unacceptable”.
Mr. Ekweremadu also called on the media to be less partisan in reporting electoral and election matters as the media could not afford to be polarized along party, ethnic, religious, and other lines in the interest of the nation.
“Ownership notwithstanding, I believe the media is one critical sector where he who pays the piper should not dictate the tune- at least on editorial matters”, he stated.
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