Comrade Chris Isiguzo, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, has issued a stern caution against the manipulation of journalists to fuel narrow-minded sentiments by political figures in the upcoming November governorship election in Kogi State.
Speaking at the climactic event of the 2023 Press Week of the Kogi Council held in Lokoja on Wednesday, Isiguzo, MFR, urged journalists to exercise caution in their coverage of these political actors, so as not to intensify tensions within the political landscape. He emphasized that perceptive journalists would be capable of distinguishing these particular politicians from authentic ones.
Isiguzo noted, “A significant portion of those belonging to this category are feigners and not legitimate contenders in the approaching November 11 gubernatorial election in the state.”
Comrade Isiguzo depicted the impending Kogi Governorship Election as a pivotal event that would usher in a leader accountable for the entirety of the state, rather than a specific section. He asserted that prioritizing sectional interests would be detrimental to the welfare of the state.
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He issued a reminder to journalists to uphold professionalism and impartiality in their reporting of the Governorship election, underlining that the Kogi election pertains to the collective populace, not just a particular segment.
The NUJ President commended the unwavering dedication and professionalism that characterize the journalism field in the State, extending congratulations to the Kogi State Council for orchestrating a remarkable Press Week.
Isiguzo hailed the Kogi NUJ for its steadfast dedication to advancing excellence, fostering progress, and maintaining the highest journalistic standards. He characterized the launch of the book, “Media Development in Kogi State, 1999-2023,” as an extraordinary literary venture that encapsulates the evolution of media in the state over a span of 24 years.
According to the National President, the book symbolizes the transition of media from conventional platforms to the dynamic and interconnected digital landscape within the State.
He hailed the book as a compilation of collective wisdom, insights, and experiences from generations of journalists who have tirelessly pursued the truth, challenged societal norms, and striven for a more transparent and accountable society.
The NUJ President extolled the leadership of the indefatigable Adeiza Momoh Jimoh, who serves as the chairman of the Kogi State Council. Isiguzo lauded Jimoh for showcasing exceptional dedication and visionary leadership, reinvigorating the council and ushering in a new era of progress and unity.
Isiguzo, the National President, called upon the media in the State to renew their commitment to the noble principles of journalism by embracing the spirit of inquiry, the relentless pursuit of truth, and an unwavering dedication to transparency and accountability.