The Nigerian media run by mostly government and elitist sycophants, lazy, corrupt, and spineless men without principles has over the years, transformed itself into a deadly major weapon of falsehood, repression and mass destruction as potent and as virulent, pathogenic and invasive as the Ebola virus, doing more harm to the mostly battered psyche of Nigerians than the violent physical human catastrophes a combined effort of Al Qaeda and Boko Haram has done to humanity.
Nigeria cannot actualize itself with this kind of coerced and subdued news retail outlet called the "MEDIA" which its drivers mostly operate without principles because of their compulsive inordinate ambitions to make money at the expense of serving humanity through dissemination of factual information without bias anchored on ethical baselines hinged on global best practices.
The Nigerian news media is on a dangerous downward spiral and therefore, in need of an urgent reversal before it is too late. The news media in Nigeria should chase news and not the credible news begging it for attention even with money before they are considered for publication.
The failure to report and or, the under-reporting of some news items in Nigeria because of the economics or otherwise of doing so, can create major catastrophes which could lead to avoidable loss of lives especially now when Nigeria is grappling with all kinds of violent criminal activities.
The media in Nigeria is fast losing its vitality as it has mostly become the mouthpiece and vuvuzela of the Government and the elites who can pay them to spread falsehood or repress the people and the truth in apposition to its essence, and in the process, create real or imagined threats to the safety of the masses and its associated national security challenges.
Mr Itohoimo Udosen
Political/Public Affairs Analyst