Governor AbdulAziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara state has enjoined journalists in the country to always put the nation’s interest in their reportages first to ensure positive development of Nigeria.
The governor gave the charge at his personal residence in Talata Mafara town during an interactive session with members of Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zamfara State council.
He explained that though it is the responsibility of a journalist to report what happens, but the way journalists in the country sensationalize crime and crisis reports is not only creating bad image for the country but also scaring away potential investors from investing in the country.
“Even in developed countries like the USA, many deadly crimes and violence do take place on daily basis but their media don’t blow it out of proportion like what you Nigerian journalists do. The way you journalists report happenings in the country, honestly is one of the major reasons Nigeria is being portrayed as un-safe for habitation _and investment,” he observed.
He tasked journalists not to relent in playing their roles as the watchdogs of the society but cautioned that in carrying out their duties they should always have it at the back of their minds that it is only when the outside world have confidence and assurance that the country is safe that they would bring investment to the country.
“A place like Dubai is brought to its current status of investment and tourist’s destination by foreigners and not only nationals of the UAE. If journalists in that country had been reporting that violent crimes and crisis are order of the day, nobody would have gone to Dubai as a tourist or to invest. Journalists should please stop attaching unnecessary sentiments in the reportage of events in the country to build a good image which will lead to meaningful development in Nigeria,” he pleaded.
The Governor also sought the support and cooperation of working journalists in the state and country in his bid to bring sustainable development to Zamfara by playing their social responsibility of putting records straight in all circumstances.
“I want journalists being the bridge between the government and the governed not to hesitate to criticize me if I go wrong or refuse to stick to my electioneering promises. I will depend on journalists to always help me in my resolve to make Zamfara one of the most developed states in the country”, he said.