Expose Corruption, Abuse of Power With Investigative Journalism – IPI

By Oyewale Oyelola

Journalists operating in Nigeria have been urged to use investigative journalism to expose corruption and abuse of power.

The Executive Director of International Press Institute (IPI), Frane Maroević made this call on Monday while speaking at Memorial Lecture organised to honor former Lagos State Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande in Lagos.

Frane Maroević represented by IPI Executive Board member, Raheem
Adedoyin said the visionary Nigerian journalist, the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande left an indelible mark on the world of journalism.

Frane Maroević with Raheem Adedoyin and other IPI Board member

His words: “In our pursuit of a more transparent and just society, we must support watchdog journalism that vigilantly monitors the actions of government institutions, corporations, and powerful individuals. Investigative journalism, with its courage to expose corruption and abuse of power, plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the public interest.

“Moreover, we must amplify voices from marginalized communities and individuals, shedding light on issues that would otherwise remain unnoticed or overlooked. Journalism serves as a powerful catalyst for public discourse, providing a platform for diverse perspectives and opinions to be heard.

Raheem Adedoyin speaking at Annual Lateef Jakande Public Lecture

“In upholding the values that Alhaji Lateef Jakande held dear, we can contribute to positive change and foster accountability in our societies. As journalists, it is our responsibility to be the guardians of truth and the vanguards of integrity.”

According to him, In commemorating his life and work, we are reminded of the importance of journalism, especially in the current times when the need for reliable and independent information has never been greater. Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s
commitment to journalism was unparalleled, and his dedication to public service sets an inspiring example for present and future generations of journalists.

“As we navigate an era of information overload and misinformation, the role of journalism becomes even more critical. We rely on journalists to keep the public informed, to hold those in positions of power accountable, and to uphold the principles of a well-informed society.” He added

“Lateef Jakande’s significant contribution to journalism extended beyond the borders of Nigeria, as he became the first African to lead the Executive Board of the International Press Institute. In this role, he championed press freedom and defended the rights of journalists worldwide, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy that resonates with us all.
His impact on journalism goes far beyond his leadership at IPI. Lateef Jakande’s visionary initiatives, such as establishing Radio Lagos, Lagos Television, the Nigeria Guild of Editors, and the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, have had a lasting influence on media development in Nigeria and beyond.”

Maroević stated that the best way to honour Jakande’s memory is to uphold the principles he stood for by defending independent journalism globally.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hazmat, former Ogun State Governor, Aremu Segun Osoba, wisdom of Jakande, Senior Special Assistant to  fromer President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, International Press Institute, Leaders of the Nigeria Institute of Journalism were present at the event.

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