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