President and Founder of Black Gold, Chief Sunny Okogwu Tuesday in Kaduna North West Nigeria urged Journalists to assist in building the nation where peace and unity prevail.
The Elder statesman who gave the advise when he received members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna council led by its chairman, Comrade Adamu Yusuf on a courtesy call, stressed the need for journalists to be cautious on what they write.
Chief Okogwu, said it is important to ensure that journalists write what is factual, truth and unbiased to avoid being an embarrassment to themselves, their family and the society in general.
He noted with nostalgia that NUJ Kaduna council used to be the best in the good old days , and urged the new leadership to do whatever it takes to ensure that the council takes its rightful place among other councils in the country.
The Elder Statesman advised journalists to always sure that those of unquestionable characters are not elected into leadership positions in order to maintain the ethics and protect the image of the profession.
Chief Okogwu opined that journalists are supposed to be bomb of the nation through their stories, and must therefore be cautions of how and when to explode.
”What you write as a story is being read by the living, not the dead, being used by the living and most often than not , the benefit is not gotten by you. Your knowledge can be used ,but your name can not be erased.
Going down the memory lane, Chief Okogwu noted that NUJ Kaduna was the best in the country as there was no quacks or indiscipline among members and expressed the hope that it could be so again.
“Investigative journalism supported with the truth, not fake or imaginary, is important. Write what you see physically and edit what u hear. You are weapons that has no sound, you equally destroy without sound, use the weapon well, you have what it takes to make your enemies your friends.
“Be careful with what you do to avoid becoming an embarrassment to yourself and family. Don’t harass anybody in newspaper” he stressed.
He offered to be of tremendous assistance to the council whenever the need arises and donated ten plots of land valued two million naira to the Union.
Earlier, the council chairman, Comrade Adamu Yusuf commended the elder statesman for his continued contributions to the council and solicited for more of his elderly and philanthropic support as always.