Only tyrants dread jour­nal­ists’ pres­ence, says Kogi CAN

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From John Akubo, Lokoja

THE Kogi State chap­ter of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (CAN) has said that only tyrants dread the pres­ence of jour­nal­ists, stress­ing that jour­nal­ism, with its many chal­lenges, was like mis­sion­ary work.

Its chair­man, Bishop John Ibeno, said this while com­mend­ing jour­nal­ists in the state for hold­ing forth, en­light­en­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­cat­ing Nige­ri­ans on sundry so­cio-economic and po­lit­i­cal is­sues in the coun­try.

He stated this through his wife, Mrs. Ma­gret Ibenu, at the Chapel of Free­dom In­ter­na­tional Church Lokoja dur­ing the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) press week, say­ing the world is stand­ing to­day be­cause of what has been writ­ten and doc­u­mented. She used the Bi­ble to high­light the im­por­tance of jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sion, adding that with­out the works of writ­ers, there would have been no Bi­ble, which she de­scribed as the bedrock of Chris­tian­ity. “Jour­nal­ism is of God. The pen is might­ier than the sword. The pen is a wit­ness, which helps peo­ple to know. The pen records and it is a watch­man that coins ref­er­ences to ages. The Bi­ble is a pen, the book of Ge­n­e­sis is a pen, hence the world needs jour­nal­ism,” she said.

She said that jour­nal­ists are threat­ened on a daily ba­sis just as they face di­verse chal­lenges in car­ry­ing out their du­ties, even in the war front, point­ing out that they are some­times kid­napped, ex­posed to grave dan­gers or even killed.

She said the chal­lenges and risks as­so­ci­ated with the pro­fes­sion were real adding: “Only tyrants dread the pres­ence of jour­nal­ists.”

Ibenu listed the chal­lenges of jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sion to in­clude, is­sues of in­tegrity, bribery, fake news and in­tim­i­da­tion, not­ing that the other dan­ger­ous chal­lenge was so­cial me­dia, which she said, al­ways con­veys fake news, yet the blame goes to the con­ven­tional jour­nal­ists.

“You must make a de­ci­sion of per­sonal ethics in ad­di­tion to the ethics of the pro­fes­sion. Peo­ple are pray­ing for you, we are stand­ing by you. We know the risks in­volved in your job and the threats,” she added. In her ser­mon, she de­cried lack of com­mon sense among the peo­ple, say­ing if only they could have the wis­dom of the ant, they would do greater ex­ploits. She said although the ants are tiny, they are full of wis­dom, as they store food for the rainy day.

NUJ Chair­man, Adeza Mo­moh Ji­moh, thanked the church for the op­por­tu­nity, say­ing the service was part of ac­tiv­i­ties that her­alded NUJ’S press week.

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