Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would remain blunt at all times and that he will not shirk from criticising the media when necessary.
Mr. Obasanjo said he had nothing against the media, but that his concerns were about “irresponsible journalism”.
He made this known while hosting the former Zonal Secretary Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, to a dinner to celebrate the journalist’s 53rd birthday at the former president’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday.
“I remain myself and I will continue to remain myself in being blunt. I don’t hate the media, but there are some bad eggs in the profession, and this must not be allowed, the truth must be told,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “However, not all journalists are bad, hence, the need to celebrate the good ones, as we are all witnessing today.”
Mr. Obasanjo said journalists are expected to play meaningful roles in the society, and that he was not against genuine criticisms from the media, but said the practitioners must always be sincere and committed to the ethics of the profession.
Some notable dignatories at the ceremony were, Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief(Mrs) Alaba Lawson, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe, (Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos) Segun Odegbami (former Green Eagles Captain), and Aare Lekan Alabi(Veteran journalist).
Others who attended the event are Tunde Oladunjoye (former PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate in Ogun State), Dideolu Falobi (President, Ijesaland Development Foundation), Ayinde Soaga (General Manager Ogun State Television), Omooba Adewale (former PDP Governorshi Aspirant) Tunde Sodeke(former Chairman,Ogun State NUJ) and Wole Shokunbi (Chairman Ogun NUJ).
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