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How Nigeria Politicians, Government Now Bribe Journalists With Dollars

Mr Kehinde Oyetimi has warned campus journalists to shun worldly materials from corrupt leaders in the country.

Mr Kehinde, who works at Nigeran Tribune, further advised campus journalists to be epitomes of nation building.

He gave the warning while speaking at the NUCJ South-West Zonal Convention held at FUNAAB Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday, 19th October, 2018 with the theme, ‘Role of mass media towards sustainable national development’.

Mr Kehinde Oyetimi who has had ten years experience in journalism appealed to campus journalists to face reality and see beyond their news in the journalistic corridor.

He said: “The journalism you practice in school is quite different from the journalism outside. This is because there is a limitation to what you can do as a campus journalists even if you have evidences.

“Journalists today are more endangered than before just because nobody likes to hear the truth and the greatest enemy of any bad society is a journalist. This makes journalist a nation builder.

“Nation building is all about justice. However, journalists are being sabotaged and captivated with worldly materials. Politicians buy the truth from journalists with money. It was before that government paid journalists in Naira now it is in Dollars. Thus, they ruin the country the more.”

He illustrated his point by narrating his experience in the 2014 Ekiti election.

He continued: “If you want to build the nation as a journalist, you must be just.

You must practice a kind of journalism that is geared towards nation building.

“Take for instance the case of Kemi Adeosun, Former Finance Minister and NYSC saga. If not for a renowned media organization who digged the story, she would have led the country with fake NYSC certificate. This is what I meant by nation building – justice. “

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