Followers of NaijaSpleen would have observed that the post titled ” FATHER EDEH, OWNER OF MADONNA UNIVERSITY IS A THIEF, A FRAUD AND A 419′ has been removed from my blog since last week.
It was necessary that i removed such a post which carried with it a sentimental and an offensive headline. Although the post was a mail from a student of the institution, i did not verify the facts of the matter before publication.
You would recall that post was published on July 5th, 2012 and i had just started blogging and was still learning the ropes and was least conversant with the ethics of blogging and life in general. If you read my commentaries regularly, you would also observe that on the 16th of October, 2015, i had published a commentary titled ‘ JOURNALISM/BLOGGING OF TRUTH AND FACT’. That is an indication of not just my maturity in blogging but of life in general and my understanding of how things should work. A story must have facts and must be verified and as a blogger, it is my responsibility to publish facts/truth and of-course that is why my followers/readers and have relied on NaijaSpleen all this years.
Besides branding a responsible citizen of a Nation such as Nigeria, as fraudulent, a thief, and a 419 is the height of blogging indiscipline and i regret being a part of that.
Despite removing the post, i am restless as i find it hard to imagine the damage and negative publicity such a post would have cost the highly respected Reverend Father. It is in this light that i do apologize to Reverend Father Edeh and wish he were here to see how saddened i have become over this. If in future he decides to take any action against me, i would accept full responsibility and won’t blame me but still, i do hope he sees me as a son who has recognized his errors and ask for forgiveness.
I have not met Father Edeh but have always heard of him as a child and growing up knowing about Madonna University and i was surprise to see his investment in Education such as no state Government or any other private individual has done and that is impressive.
May i use this medium to also beg the Reverend to forgive all those who have spoken bad about him through my medium. I want to also beg him to also look through all the comments of the students even in other medium and see if their is any way, the grudges of the students can be addressed. What i observed is that the student want to speak up and it will be advisable Sir, a forum is organized so that they will hear from you directly as their father.
Please Sir, once more do accept my SINCERE APOLOGY.
Loveday Ogaga Onokwakpor
I came across a quote some time ago but can’t remember the name of the author. It says “People who don’t read Newspapers are foolish and those who believe everything they read are more foolish”. This is true as Newspapers and magazines provide us with vital information concerning the happenings around our society. They cover everything coverable under the sun from sports news to Business. From politics to health, among others. With the affordability of mobile browsing phones, the internet has provided a faster and wider availability to many persons making the world a global village. Virtually all Newspapers and Magazines are now online and are battling from relevance and space with Bloggers who are now the focus of attraction from numerous young Nigerians.
If you must have observed, most people believe whatever they read online or in the conventional Newspapers and magazines. It is imperative that we train our perceptive power to be able to separate truth from lies and from half-truths. It is not everything you read from certain blogs or newspapers that could be true. Just like in the world out there, some people just report things from hearsay.
Some people take fun in fabricating stories to draw attention and become popular. Some get brown envelopes to report false stories so as to tarnish the image of another.
The aim of this article is to enjoin all journalist and bloggers to report news/stories that are true and factual. It is painful to use your medium to write make-up stories that will end up causing pains to others. It is more painful to betray the trust readers have bestowed on you. Even judges in law courts admit Newspaper reports as exhibits and that should demonstrate the seriousness of your chosen career/passion.
Note: This post would be reviewed, extended and concluded perhaps over the weekend.