The Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has asked media organisations in Nigeria to urgently use their platforms to educate Nigerians on the implications of the economic situations, with a view to getting everyone to understand the situation.
Mr Aregbesola specifically said radio broadcasters had great roles to play in doing this and further promoting the peace of the society by discouraging hate messages and promoting those that enhance communal peace and stability.
The governor gave the task to the media at the official commissioning of Oodua FM, established by a former member of the House of Representatives and an actor, Honourable Rotimi Makinde, in Ile-Ife.
He said the disturbing war carnage scenes beamed into homes daily by foreign channels should be enough lesson for all that promoting hate messages is inimical to peace.
The governor encouraged journalists to dedicate themselves to peace and do away with divisive messages in discharging their duties.
“Radio stations must at this time of hardship do all they can to support government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.
“My advice for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.
“Please do not politicise your activities at this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of Yoruba people.
“Strive to let this station be for the promotion of peace, harmony, love and affection among Nigerians especially Yoruba people.
“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment.
“Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these, will go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in,” he advised.
He condemned in its entirety the manner in which some broadcast media houses have been bastardising the profession on self-serving interests, saying that if not that his government’s programmes and policies resonate with the people, an unnamed Osun-based radio station would have thrown the state into confusion through its hate messages.
The governor said: “The time has come for journalists to be at the forefront of nation building and do away with subjectivity, favouritism and personal emotions”.