Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed has charged Nigerian broadcast media to take the lead in telling the Nigerian story in order to guard against distortion of facts by foreign media.
The Minister gave the charge in Oko, Oyo State, while commissioning the 89.3 FM Radio Station of the FRCN.
“Please permit me to use the occasion of this commissioning to challenge broadcast media in Nigeria to take the lead in telling the Nigerian story, especially by informing the people about the various government projects and their impact on the people.
“A situation in which foreign broadcast stations arrogate to themselves the power to tell our own story gives room for distortion of facts, the type of which we saw recently, when CNN reported that 38 people were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS crisis, only to backtrack and review the number to one – after 35 days of what it called exclusive investigation,” the minister said.
He added that “had the local broadcast media lived up to their billing, CNN would have relied on them for news about #EndSARS in particular and other happenings in Nigeria”
Mohammed stressed that the broadcast media would have saved Nigeria from the one-sided, unfair, unbalanced and jaundiced narrative that CNN foisted on the world under the guise of exclusive investigation.