Hon. Nwite Blows Hot on Governor Umahi’s Media Attack
-Asks Umahi to never underrate advice from elder statesmen
By Victor Nwegede
The ongoing conflict between Governor David Nweze Umahi’s led administration and the state-based-journalists have got broadly and continued attracting diverse reactions from every corner including those from the Ebonyi elder statesmen and the international communities.
However, the Member Federal Board of Directors and Chairman Board Establishment Committee, Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority, Hon. James Nwogha Nwite has advised Governor David Umahi to “throw away pride and egocentric life by getting strictly adherence to the directives and advice given to him by the elder statesmen on how to maintain a cordial relationship with pressmen and his subjects” while running his government.
Hon. Nwite who was before his appointment by Mr. President, Muhammad Buhari, practiced as journalist and is also the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Golden Truth Newspaper.
Nwite described the current problem facing the media system of Ebonyi State based journalists as the most strange owing to the manner the governor approached recent development since the creation of the state.
The APC Chieftain and Federal Board member also pointed out when he had the similar problem with the former Secretary to the State Government, Late Chief Fidelis Mbam, his late brother. According to him, when pressmen warned late Chief Mbam to stop threatening Nwite, but he refused till they declared ‘press war’ against the former SSG, which was later stopped through the intervention of the former Governor Martins Nwanchor Elechi who on arriving his office from his trip outside the State, where he viewed the whole stories on televisions, had maintained that the Ex-SSG should withdraw the case from court and burry it permanently in order to secure the repute of the state and his leadership.
He equally recalled that the same former Governor Elechi has during his handover speech to Governor Umahi on 29th May, 2015, noted in his advice, that a good leader never fighted the pressmen, stressing that the state governor should handle press issues with maturity and not with Koboko mentality as he recently vowed to employ.
He attributed Governor Umahi’s fight against journalists since assumed office was as a result of the kind of people he employed to assist him in information dissemination and majorly on press activities and operation.
“Many journalists felt badly at how the Umahi’s scheme of press activities were held then, till when a little change happened to take hold. But worst still, when the governor assumed office for the second tenure; and this gears up to the current problem trailing the media system of the state. How can you tell me that a media aide do critical analysis on any report and no press release or statement was done about it before the governor formally addressed the issue? If for instance it got to the level where his attention is needed, If the Governor has seen something going wrong in the media system of the state, he needed a special advice. The governor would have not gone on the live broadcast to register his greviances because the very medium used is still part of the Press and those reporters whom he claimed to be loyal to him, still belong to the same body and organisation, guided by the same rules. So, he would have employed a speech analyst to weigh the adverse and the profitable effects of their reports before taking his stand against any reporter. And if care is not taken the reports are already carried in other media establishment before the media houses they represented published the same stories, where his waging war against those journalists are sprouted.”
He therefore, advised all the practising journalists in the state to be objective and never compromise to any threat while discharging their duties, pointing that the works of journalists are similarly to that of the evangelists and prophets in the human society.