…says media crucial to one-man, one-vote campaign
By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—Vice President Namadi Sambo yesterday tasked the Nigerian media to be mindful of the country’s national security and other issues of national interest while reporting the affairs of the government.
Speaking during an interactive session with newsmen, Vice President Sambo said the role of the media was very crucial, especially while reporting issues of national security; and during the nation’s march toward next elections.
Sambo reminded the media that “you have an onerous task to inform Nigerians about what we are doing. That as you know is a very important responsibility. It is a fact that you have a role to play for the security of this country and this is an important area, really, that needs to be watched all the time.
“You need to know also that there are matters of reporting that affect the security of the nation. Of course, you are all aware that Nigeria operates high level press freedom. But that should not mean that you will go to the extent of exposing our country, especially the security aspect. I am happy that you are aware of this and that you are also taking care of it by disseminating accurate information.”
He charged the media to lead the campaign for the actualisation of the one man-one-vote programme of the Federal Government in the 2011 elections.
“We are at a critical point of our nation’s democratic development. We will very soon start the party primaries and then to be followed by the general election. And the President is passionate about the need for free and fair election; and the policy of one-man, one-vote. For the achievement of this objective, you have the biggest role to play because Nigerians need to know the truth; they need to be educated.” he said.
According to him, “we cannot achieve this without the co-operation of all the parties. Politicians and the general citizens need to be sensitized and it’s only through you that people can be educated to understand the new democratic spirit and the need for free and fair election, come 2011.”
He said he has observed the critical roles the Nigeria