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“The media is supposed to bind, not separate people.” Here’s how Obasanjo wants the media to build Nigeria’s unity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, while playing host to the Editorial Board and Anniversary Planning Committee of Penpushing Media at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, said that the unity of Nigeria cannot be negotiated on the altar of personal or individual interest.

According to him, Nigeria must learn to focus of their common identity, values and interests in order to attain a great nation.

He however noted that the nation’s multi-ethnic nature and the cultural diversity of Nigeria that should be a blessing has done much harm instead.

He urged the Nigeria media practitioners to be objective and shun reports that can trigger crisis in the country, saying that Nigerian should be built on what binds that various entities together and lamented the unfortunate loss of trust in the Nigerian media.

“The media is supposed to be a servant of the people and if the media stop to be an honest servant of the people, then there is no sane society. The media is supposed to bind, not separate people. The people’s interests, opinions on security and national issues should bound us together as a nation, where whatever happens in Badagry should concern someone in the North just because they are bound in one interest as a nation.”

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