Fr George Nwachukwu tasks Journalists – As he celebrates Silver Jubilee of Ordination
Nigerian journalists have been challenged to rise up to their professional role as watchdogs of the society.
The director of communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu gave this advice in his office on Tuesday during a press briefing to mark the silver jubilee of his priestly ordination.
Answering questions, Fr. Nwachukwu said that journalists like priests play prophetic role in the society. To play this role effectively, they must divest themselves of every incumberances including materialism and attachment to people in power.
He mentioned late Dele Giwa as an example of a prophetic journalist and asked how many Nigerian journalists are ready to die for the truth.
He said that journalists as ndi nta akuko (news seekers) are expected to move from place to place with their nose on the ground probing, seeking and investigating issues that concern the people and corrupt practices by people in power.
Fr. Nwachukwu who is a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that journalists as the 4th estate of the realm were expected to keep the executive, the legislature and the judiciary on their toes through incisive reports and investigative journalism.
“Recall that Mbakwe, who everybody now acknowledge as a good Governor was kept on his toes by the press,” he added.
The Director of Communications also took a swipe at priests and pastors who are also not playing the role expected of them, noting that materialism has similarly crept into the religious ministry.
Born in the early 60s, at Obiangwu Ngor-Okpala, Fr. George Williams Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu was ordained priest for Owerri Archdiocese on August 16, 1991.
Meanwhile, the activities marking Fr. Nwachukwu’s silver jubilee will be rounded off on Sunday September 18 with a thanksgiving Mass at SS. Philip & James Parish Egbu at 10.