The media has been described as the constitutional watchdog of any developed nation, with more power to influence events than any other profession.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, while declaring open, the 2018 National Conference of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), with the theme; Politics, Media, and National Integration, before 2019 Nigeria, charged the media men to be objective in reporting political issues and use more journalistic approach to fight corruption to a standstill in the country, while ensuring national integration.
According to the Governor, in a society with diverse ethnic groups, coupled with weak societal control, the country needed an objective, fair and fearless media, to checkmate the excesses of government and inform the citizens of their right.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye, the Governor said, Nigerians needed to understand what governance entails, roles of security agents, the legislatives and the Judiciary, as well as the rule of law.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Odumakin, in her speech, acknowledged the power and influence of the press in a nation, urging them to join hands with other stakeholders in fighting corruption.
‘’National integration is a critical building block for harmonization of the socio-political, as well as economic life of a heterogeneous society, into one whole entity, to enhance rapid and sustainable development. In a rainbow nation, such as Nigeria, national integration can be built on pedestal of true recognition and respect for the nation’s diversities, which will in turn, engender a true sense of nationhood’’, she said.
Former Speaker, House of Representatives in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, in his submission said the mayhem being experienced in the country, such as Herdsmen and Boko-haram should not be blamed on the present government, noting that the problem is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, but a general phenomenon.