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MONETIZATION OF POLITICS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY:-ABDULLAHI

MONETIZATION OF POLITICS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY:-ABDULLAHI

The prevailing monetization of  political process by some political actors has been identified  as a serious threat to the nation’s democracy.

 

Former Minister of Sports and Youth Development,Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi  stated this while Delivering a lecture, titled, Re-engaging the Media for Credible Democracy at the 2022 annual press week celebration of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kwara state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Ilorin .

 

He  said that the politicians had nearly turned political process to a business transaction.

 

According to him the development had brought out all manner of people canvassing  elective offices, adding that the practice is capable of making the electorate poorer and miserable in the long run.

 

Mallam Abdullahi urged the Journalists to remain focused and contribute their quota  in  deepening  the nation’s democracy as  enshrined in the  Constitution.

 

In his address on the occasion , a legal luminary, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN,  represented by Professor Wahab Egbewole, SAN, called for the  restructuring of journalism practice ahead of the 2023 general elections.

 

Professor Egbewole  advised Journalists  to strive to maintain impartiality, independence and balance in reporting events

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