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Credible news: Panacea to a troubled nation 

By Yahaya Balogun
13 April 2023   |   2:05 am
If you believe strongly in the courage of your convictions, your efforts at achieving your goals might temporarily tarry, but they will not tarry in the end. Decades ago, two ideas were preconceived, conceived, and born.

Channels Television is a Nigerian-based TV station.

If you believe strongly in the courage of your convictions, your efforts at achieving your goals might temporarily tarry, but they will not tarry in the end. Decades ago, two ideas were preconceived, conceived, and born. They have now become a phenomenon in Nigeria. Channels Television is the best Television station for the 11th time in Nigeria while The Guardian Newspaper is the Conscience of the nation in the print media.

Channels Television and The Guardian Newspapers of Nigeria have a great future ahead of them in Nigeria and Africa. If the two media houses maintain their current integrity and the core values of their establishment as envisioned by the two media moguls, Tony Momoh and Alex Ibru, they will redefine immorality, disinformation dissemination, and the corrupt value base of Africa.

Channels television has the best news anchors in Nigeria. The Channels Television guys are well-trained and mannered to respectively prod the minds of their interviewees. Among these brilliant young news stars is Seun Okinbaloye, and a host of other brilliant young news anchors. Seun Okinbaloye is a brilliant representation of the geniuses in Channels Television news palace. Seun Okinbaloye is Channels Television’s Political Correspondent, and a multiple-award-winning political and investigative journalist and inquisitor. Seun Okinbaloye’s experience in the broadcasting industry spans over a decade and has brought glory to the broadcasting industry in Nigeria. Seun and other youngsters at Channels Television should keep the flag flying.

Meanwhile, when I wrote in my publications recently that The Guardian Newspapers (Conscience, nurtured by Truth) and Channels Television (a weapon of credible information dissemination) are the unadulterated sources of news in Nigeria, I knew what I was writing about on these two media houses. Channels Television’s core value is to “produce and broadcast television programmes of quality that recognise and challenge the intelligence and curiosity of its viewers”. These two news outlets are becoming the conscience of a troubled nation. They both serve as credible sources of information and national links for the news-savvy diaspora Nigerians.

Some time ago, I sent an article to a Newspaper in Nigeria, (name withheld), the article wasn’t published by this Newspaper only to discover that they wanted me to pay them before it could be published. I was stunned. I told the source I wasn’t looking for publicity or monetary rewards, rather, I am impassioned only by what I can contribute as my little quota to the development of my country-Nigeria. The article was later gladly published by three or more newspapers in Nigeria including The Guardian Newspapers, and here in the US. Since then, even, the worst part of my writings is never sent to these brown-enveloped media houses anymore!

You could imagine the huge number of brown envelopes these publishing houses get from corrupt politicians from time to time to amplify their lies! Corruption is a menace to any society. Nigeria as a country is full of so many nauseating norms and contradictions. We do not know what we want as a nation. The whole system is in a state of utter confusion. The sad part of our numerous burdens is that Nigerians don’t read or listen or consume credible news. Just post nude pictures of women or pornographic images of sensualized women, and you will have the vivacity of buccal consumers with jostling likes and comments. Ours is a special breed of homo sapiens! We prefer owambe parties and other ostentatious lifestyles than engage in historic excursions, and discussions to rewrite the awful history. We like to grocery for news that is unfit for mind consumption.

Nigeria will not be in the mess it has found itself in if its citizens are good readers of credible news and “utiliser” of history lessons. A nation that has expunged history for racial nuances, religious or political idiosyncrasies, or discouraged science and technology from the core curriculum of its academy is doomed to be backward among its contemporary allies in the world. Powerful nations, from time immemorial, have fallen or declined in power due to willful or deliberate ignorance towards the teaching of history on the part of their boisterous stakeholders.

Sadly, the monstrosity of the Nigerian news media is our encumbrance. We should be wary of our proposals on the intuitive interface or grounds alone, we should try to invite intelligent responses in the national discourse. We should also be more concerned with the truth than with mere opinions, even with our own.

The two (The Guardian and Channels TV) media platforms are umpires in the dissemination of unbiased informative news to all dissent Nigerians. Unfortunately, some unsuspecting minds are utterly relishing in the wasteland of junk journalism. The noxious media houses that wallow in junk and sensational journalism are festering unrestrained in a beleaguered and contradictory society. Let us source our news consummation from credible sources to avoid being sentenced to warped midland of empty or midget minds.
Balogun wrote from Arizona, United States of Nigeria.