Two times Senator representing Borno-North and National Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Kyari, has called on journalists in Borno state to always ensure their news and bulletin are devoid of fake news.
Senator Kyari said he is proud of the worming journalists, especially in Borno state for standing on the path of truth and objectivity in most of their reporting about the state.
The APC national leader made these remarks when he received members of the Executive Council of the NUJ who paid him a courtesy call recently in Maiduguri.
Led by the Council chairman, Dauda Iliya, the executives had on behalf of the journalists in Borno congratulated the senator on his recent confinement of national honor and his elevation as the Deputy National Chairman North of the APC.
Comrade Iliya noted that Senator Kyari’s honor at the National level is a reward for his selfless service both at the state and national levels. He assured the senator of NUJ’s support in all of the people-oriented developmental services that he has been known for.
Senator Kyari while thanking the leadership of the NUJ for the courtesy call, also congratulated them on their recent elections as executives of the Union in Borno state.
The politician and one-time Borno state commissioner for home affairs, information, and culture said his being a friend to many journalists he has so much respect for the noble profession as such he never gets tired of encouraging reporters to always report the truth at all times.
“You are the carriers of reliable information to the general public; so you must be seen to be trustworthy and the public must have confidence in your work,” he said.
He said public servants and journalists in Borno have the sans commitment and shared expiration for the people and have to work together at all times.
Congratulating the newly elected leadership, Senator Kyari said he is happy that once again, credible people are at the helm of affairs of the NUJ.
“So at this time of the election, what the people need is credible information dissemination that is constructive and intended for the well-being of the people; not fake news that is rampant now, especially with the advent of social media we see so much fake news. Issues are doctored digitally and electronically to send the wrong information
“As professionals, journalists should be able to fact-check such deliberate alteration so that people can be well informed and get the correct perspective of what is happening.”