Social media, blessing or curse?

October 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

It’s crystal clear that everything that exists on earth has reason(s) for its existence. This is the reason behind our being here. The era when different facilities that made life easy, like the use of donkey by our forefathers, had gone. We are now in the age where everything is computerised. Without social media, people would have to continue to Read More

$4m bribe: CUPP urges parties to focus on campaign, leave INEC alone

October 22, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

Following allegation of $4 million bribe against officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) has called on political to focus on campaigns and leave frivolous allegations against the commission. Urging security agencies to be on top of their game, the CUPP said that it has concluded after thorough investigation that the allegations are false and Read More

Ebonyi indigenes demand release of detained Journalist over Facebook post

October 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has faulted the state government of Engr David Umahi, for implementing Cybercrime Prohibition Law in the state without a public hearing. The group however, demanded immediate release of a Radio presenter, Godfrey Chikwere, arrested and detained over a Facebook post on the order of the state government. In a statement Read More

Lai charges media against fake news

October 13, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has urged the media to guard against fake news and misinformation, saying it can lead unrest in the society.   He said, “As we are all aware, fake news, misinformation and hate speech can lead to civil unrest and also impact negatively on our national cohesion, hence we must eschew this practice.” Alhaji Read More

LG polls: Lalong commends electorate for large turn out

October 9, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu, Jos 0

Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, has praised the electorate for their peaceful conduct and large turn out to elect their Chairmen and Councillors in the ongoing local lovernment elections holding throughout the 17 Local Government Areas on Saturday October 9, 2021.  The governor who voted alongside his wife, Regina Lalong and other close family members at about 10:30am, said he Read More

Arewa Youth Assembly sacks speaker, splits over smear campaign against Emefiele

September 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Arewa Youth Assembly on Thursday splits over smear campaign against the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Assembly has also sacked its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, over attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic agenda and tenure extension. Recall that the Speaker of the group, Danlami, in a statement had insisted that Emefiele has option of voluntary Read More

COVID-19: NYSC DG warns prospective corps members against protocol violation

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the scheme is committed to the sustenance ofCOVID-19 preventive and safety protocols in order to guarantee seamless service year. The Director-General who stated this Friday during a WEBINAR session on COVID-19 measures for safe orientation camp, jointly organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC)/NYSC, and supported Read More

Anambra 2021: Shun fake news, Senator Uba tells media practitioners, voters

August 27, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) for Anambra State 2021 poll, Senator Andy Uba, has advised social media users and journalists in the country to refrain from disseminating fake news. Uba, who was reacting to a publication by an online newspaper (Sahara Reporters), which faulted his West African School Certificate (WASSCE), said spreading fake news tarnish people’s image Read More

Take advantage of NYSC to become self-reliant, DG advises corps members

August 5, 2021 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

The Director-General of NYSC, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged corps members to explore every available opportunities during the service year in order to develop their potential and become role models, worthy of emulation. General Ibrahim gave this advice Thursday in a nationwide address, delivered virtually to the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream One corps members and camp officials. He said lOrientation Read More

Sahara Reporters: One step too far

August 1, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

Back in the stone age of the social media world, Sahara Reporters used to be the only online news medium; where Internet users could readily get information about the happenings in the country. News that was ordinarily stifled from regular people. Over time, like most things that are not founded or hinged on good intentions, Sahara veered off and went Read More

The unprofessionalism of Sahara Reporters

July 28, 2021 Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol 0

The way and manner Sahara Reporters is constantly waging wars against those in authority and villifying them shows that it is the purveyor of fake news and propaganda. At best, Sahara- Reporters’ variant of journalism is no-par-value as against evidence-based, factual, authenticated and verified reports of a credible medium. The nontradable products of the medium are fertile grounds for a Read More

FG vows to ban other social media, insists Twitter must register

June 22, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The federal government has insisted that its suspension of social media platform, Twitter will be in force until the organisation is registered in Nigeria, as well obtain license to operate in the country. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the government position known before the House of Representatives joint Committee on Information, Justice and Communication on Read More

10 years after FoI Act, Jonathan tasks media on fake news

June 3, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday asked the Nigerian media practitioners how they had fared with be usage of the Freedom of Information Act (FO1A), which was enacted 10 years ago.The FOIA was enacted in 2011 to bequeath the media with the abiding freedom required to practice and an unfettered access to information in the public interest. Speaking in Abuja shortly Read More

Matters arising from army chief, others’ tragic death

May 26, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

In the immediate aftermath of the unexpected death of the 42nd Chief of  Army Staff (COAS), General Ibrahim Attahiru, together with seven other officers and three air force personnel in a plane crash, two issues emerged, namely, fake news and how Nigerian elite empathise with those that lose their loved ones. I am here discountenancing conspiracy theories about the tragic Read More

Reports linking me with terror groups fake news – Abdulsalami

May 11, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

  A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar (rtd) has denied any link with armed bandits or any other terrorists group in Niger state, describing reports linking him with their activities as “false, unfounded” and fake news. In a statement by Abdulsalami in Minna, signed by his media aide, Dr Yakubu Suleiman said some online media had linked Read More

Enriching the propaganda theater

May 9, 2021 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

The war theater is where all the gory details are. The avalanche of ammunition expelled all over, guns blazing, pellets dropping, and blood let to run like rain. That is where you see all the fighter Jets in action. That is where the action is for all the vehicles of war and fight against terror. This is the theater of Read More

Press Freedom Day: The need to regulate social media

May 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Like every profession, journalism has its own code of ethics guiding the smooth practice of the profession. Unfortunately, the emergence of citizen journalism and some social media platforms is jeopardizing the conventional journalists’ effort towards ensuring good and smooth practice of the profession, whereby every baboon and moron can use blog or any other social media platform to spread unreliable Read More

Gombe: Gov Yahaya tasks journalists on ethics, professionalism

May 4, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Gombe state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Tuesday urged journalists not to derail the ethics of their profession by promoting the ideals of democracy, justice, accountability, peace and unity. This was contained in a goodwill message, made available to newsmen in Gombe by the director-general of press affairs to the governor, Samaila Uba Misilli, in Gombe. Yahaya paid tribute to Read More

Alleged salaries diversion: Group dismisses fake news on NBAIS

April 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A group, the Arewa Economic Advancement Campaign (Area-C), has berated the publishers of Kaduna-based Desert Herald newspaper over the publication of “fake news of salaries diversion at the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS)”. In a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by its Director of Public Education, Malam Mukhtar Musa Kawo, the group said it was due Read More

Pantami’s terrorism link fake news – MURIC

April 15, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organisation, has described the report ran by a news site, Independent Newspaper on April 12 linking Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami to Boko Haram terrorists group as fake news. A statement by MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement in Abuja Tuesday. Professor Read More

COVID-19 vaccine: Disregard fake news, coalition tells Nigerians

April 5, 2021 Editor 0

The National Vanguard on Covid-19 Administration and Advocacy has urged Nigerians to treat reports of side effects from the AstraZeneca jab as fake news, noting that some elements are out to frustrate the ongoing vaccination exercise.  This followed the claim of blood vomit by a woman in Kaduna after allegedly being administered the vaccine.  While the state government has vowed Read More

Fake news inimical to Nigeria’s unity, growth – Akinduro

March 30, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

The Chairman, Total Grace Group, Dr Henry Mobolaji Akinduro, has asked journalists in the country to steer clear of fake news in the overall interest of Nigeria and its people. Dr Akinduro stated this in Ibadan on Sunday, while speaking at his investiture as the Patron of Oyo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), held at the Read More

Violent extremism: ActionAid tasks journalists on accurate reportage to curb crisis

March 4, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has called on Journalists across the country to ensure accurate reportage in ensuring they curb violence extremism. The Director, Organisational Effectiveness AAN, Funmilayo Oyefusi noted this in a welcome remarks at the ongoing two-day Media Masterclass: Policy Engagement for Preventing Violent Extremism during and post COVID-19 in Kogi and Nasarawa state. According to her, the training is Read More

Flashback- I would rather die than join APC – Fani-Kayode

February 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has faulted the claims that he has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). This was reported by the Channels Television online sometimes ago. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain insisted that he remains a staunch member of the opposition party. He described the report Read More