Though the medium is meant to be an online-based, with the aim of going into print in view, the gate-keeping process should encompass seasoned journalist and exhibit professionalism to avoid the occurrence of what happened to reporters of the Guardian Newspaper (Tunde Thomson and Nduka Irabo) for breaching Decree No.4 of 1984 which then suppressed journalistic freedom. Thanks to the 2013 Freedom of Information Act by the previous government, which empowers journalists to dig out issues.
Online or traditional newspapers houses are all over the world regarded as the fourth estate of the realm and in which Nigerian society is not an exception. The institution is there to account and disseminate all the activities of the government of the day to the generality of the populace as ordained by the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended for them to make self appraisal of the government.
Going by this, a lot of social media platforms focusing on the issues concerning Borno are currently in place, some of which are supporting the activities of the government on the other hand while others are criticising it but not ‘constructively’. Moreover, criticism is believed to be one of the bedrocks for the struggle of any democratically elected government everywhere in the world in the past and present, where the media plays a vital role in actualising such dreams. Yerwa Express News is expected to balance all stories before presenting them to its audience if it’s to be a trusted herald.
From now onward, I and majority of my kind will solely depend on information and news stories emanating from Yerwa Express News because, the medium from all indications will give much emphasis on domestic issues and happenings in Borno, and North East by extension. Kudos once again for coming on board at a time when Borno indigenes need a medium to present their stories by their people in their own way because the best stories are told by those directly affected. This should be an opportunity for the team, to project to the world the real situation in and around Borno state.
It should be the time to unravel the agony, trauma and sorrow our people went through in the course of Boko Haram insurgency as the state government is putting all necessary actions to return all displaced persons to their respective place of abodes. Showcasing the beauty of Borno through features and pictures should also be priority to this nascent Media. We are proud to have such a prestigious medium to cover our untold stories and present them to the world.
Mustapha Modu Bama hails from Borno, writes from Surulere, Lagos state and could be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.