The National President of Nigerian Union of Journalist NUJ Comrade Muhammed Garba has urged Nigerian journalists to maintain professional ethics and steer clear of partisan politics.
Garba emphasized the need to be careful, especially during the election year as it approaches. Garba stated this in Abuja over the weekend at an event in the central district of the Nigerian capital.
In the same vein, the ex-President of the Europe Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJE, Mr Wole Arisekola has reiterated the importance of professional practice among journalists. Arisekola expressed his dissatisfaction on how some elements are not patriotic to the country as many international media are being fed with inappropriate and sensational news by local news media. The trend which according to him, must be reversed.
"Our journalists must be guided by the ethics and constitution of the Nigerian Press," Arisekola stated.
Expressing his advice to the Nigerian media practitioners in diaspora, the acting President of NUJ Europe Council , Prince Lashley Oladigbolu also added that journalists should not be partisan to any party in Nigeria.
Prince Oladigbolu emphasised appropriate dissemination of news without bias. He commended the efforts of the National President of the Union in Nigeria, Comrade Mohammed Garba in his stance to upholding professional practice.
Comrade Garbage has earlier maintained that journalists working with various media in the country should cooperate with the security officials working in the country at various levels to ensure that security is achieved.
Garba stressed that Journalists has a better role to play in assisting the government and business groups. He however decried the dwindling of the Nigerian economy, a situation which has led the majority of the federal government workers to stay for three to five months without salary, even as he said the same is seen in most of the media houses where Journalists are not paid properly.
By Lashley Oladigbolu (London) and Umar Faruq Usman, (Dutse, Abuja)