The Middle-belt Forum (MBF) has urged journalists to always expose bad leadership and speak the truth to people in authority.
This group said would make the society a better place and engender overall national development.
The MBF Chairman, Dr Bitrus Pogu, gave the charge in Abuja on Sunday when he received the newly inaugurated executive council members of the Middle-Belt Journalists Forum (MBJF).
Pogu expressed delight at the visit by the journalists visit, adding that “as a political leader, the media are his partners in progress”.
According to him, partnership with the media was mandatory and tasked practitioner to play their constitutional role as the watchdogs of the society by informing and educating the public both positive and developments that is capable of undermining the wellbeing of the country.
“The masses often bear the brunt of the negative consequences of bad leadership, and more often than not, the people fall victims of bad governance which culminates in political and economic marginalization or oppression.
“As seasoned journalists, you must tell truth to power, for it is only when societal problems are made public, no matter whose ox is gored, that solutions can be found,” he said.
Pogu said that the major task of the MBF was to advance the interests of his people through sensitisation and engagements across religious, ethnic and geopolitical divides in which the media can play a prominent role.
“We respect the media, you are indeed our partners in progress, and as the fourth estate of the realm, no society can function without you since no society or government can operate in a vacuum,” he added.
Earlier, MBJF President, Jonathan Ipaa, assured their host that his team was prepared to speak truth to power, step on some toes, put political leaders to task and place before them a partnership deal with the masses whom they serve.
“Yes, this is the way to start it, we will assist you in generating ideas, creating awareness, setting agenda for good governance, project the ideals of political vision and struggle to protect the oppressed and marginalised masses.
“We are together. If we want to go far, we must walk together, though slower. If we walk alone, we will walk fast but will not go far. I am sure we want to go far.
“Our aims and objectives can only be achieved through a holistic approach.
“We believe, for instance, that the issue of peaceful coexistence among the middle-belt people is a challenge that we can arrange workshops, conferences and consultation amongst stakeholders to resolve them,” Ipaa added.
The meeting was attended by Pogu’s Chief of Staff, Mr Simon Reeve, MBJF National Vice President, Mark Longyen, Secretary, Oikeke Igado Kure; Treasurer, Josephine Fhain; Financial Secretary, Elijah Vanger; Auditor, Mark Mayah.