I APPEAL TO my colleagues in the media to be cautious of the manner of reporting so that they don’t end up overheating the polity through embarrassing fabrications about serious developments in the country.
THE media unit of the South East Governors Forum Secretariat has decried the recent upsurge of representations in the media on the activities of the Forum.
In a statement Tuesday, the Director, Media and Communications South East Governors Forum Secretariat, Michael Udah, called for a restraint and appealed to “my colleagues in the media to be cautious of the manner of reporting so that they don’t end up overheating the polity through embarrassing fabrications about serious developments in the country.
“I urge them to make their reports development oriented rather than divisive and rancorous.”
Noting with dismay recent reports in the media – online and mainstream – on the South East Governors Forum, “which at best could pass as pure fabrications, unfounded and falsehoods,” he stated that in all these the “South East Governors were working to bring about a peaceful atmosphere in the South East zone and the entire country.”
According to him, the Governors were consulting with stakeholders and organizations to ensure the prevalence of peace in the zone, as he wondered why mischief makers will be so keen on planting divisive reports in the media.
He noted that “as part of the ongoing misinformation in the media on the South East Governors Forum, an online news platform, igberenews.com recently fabricated a report that South East Governors met in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State where they condemned the killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). It was a report that was as unfounded as it was false. There was no such meeting in Abakaliki or anywhere else on that date.”