The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has urged Nigerians journalists to hold government officials accountable, instead of giving them awards on the basis of “relationship or friendship”.
The Cable reported that Governor Wike stated this on Friday, October 30, when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors visited him at the government house in Port Harcourt.
A statement by Governor Wike’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, indicated the governor said there was a need for Nigerian journalists to put in more efforts as the “strong voice and conscience of the society”.
“What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us — the people in authority — and we will sit up to our responsibilities.”