Stop Working For Politicians, Wole Arisekola Warns Online Journalists.
Online journalists across the country have been urged to be professional and observe the ethical standards in their political reportage and not allow politicians use them against the will of Nigerian masses and the ethics of the profession.
Publisher of StreetJournals magazine, an online publication, Wole Arisekola, who gave this charge in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Ibadan noted that, “Nigerian politicians are now freely lying to the masses, and they appear to have hijacked the online media to carry out their anti-masses psyche”.
Arisekola, who is also Chairman of Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, AOMPA regretted that “Nigerians will get mad at you for speaking the truth, rather than being mad at the politicians who lied. It’s not the politician’s lie that bothers me, it’s the insults to our collective intelligence that I find offensive”.
While expressing chagrin over the ridiculous antics of some online journalists, Arisekola, who could no longer bottle up the unbearable situation voiced his concerns that political class in Nigeria have hijacked public opinions and installed themselves as overlords at the detriment of the people they are meant to serve.
“Power supply is now at zero level, fuel supply is in almost at zero level, civil servants’ salaries are not yet paid. Life is becoming unbearable to average Nigerians and what we have are untrue sponsored stories being circulated across the web."
"It is very sad that average Nigerians are becoming leaner and looking hungry everyday but the likes of Olisa Methu, David Mark, Lai Mohammed, Saraki, Fashola, Ajimobi, Amechi and the rest of the politicians are swimming in billions", Arisekola expressed.
Furthermore, Mr Arisekola charged the journalists to call politicians to task by reminding them of their responsibilities to Nigerian masses in line with the constitution.
“We elected them to office to serve, not to hold the public to ransom”, Arisekola noted.