Immediate past Bayelsa State governor and incumbent Senator representing Bayelsa West in the Senate, Henry Seriake Dickson, says the Nigerian media should not abandon the duty of protecting and safeguarding Nigeria’s democracy to only politicians and the citizenry.
Dickson, who stated this while speaking during the conferment of an award on him by the Senate press corps on Friday, recalled the frontline role played by the media during the campaigns against military dictatorship in Nigeria, which he added eventually culminated in the return to democracy in 1999.
The Federal lawmaker praised the Nigerian media for its critical role in the promotion and defence of democratic rule in Nigeria.
Dickson noted that the Nigerian media not only acted as a midwife for the nation’s democracy, but has been working tirelessly to ensure its growth and development.
He said the political class was delighted at the media’s active role in deepening democratic governance in the country.
The former Bayelsa governor called for effective collaboration between the political class and the media, stressing that democracy shouldn’t be left to politicians alone.
He noted that the legislature is at the heart of the process of deepening democracy without which democracy can survive.
Dickson said, “We (the politicians) are aware of our duty to collaborate with you at all times, because the task of deepening, protecting our democracy can not be left to Politicians, the political parties, and even on the citizens of our country alone,
“We are aware of our duty to collaborate with you at all times, because the task of deepening, protecting our democracy can not be left to Politicians, the political parties, and even on the citizens of our country alone, without the participation of the Nigerian media, and we are delighted that the Nigeria media has been very active in this regards.
“The media fought in the days of the military, played a key role, a leading role in ushering in our nation’s Democracy, and we are as also grateful that did not just acted as midwife of our nation’s Democracy and abandoned the fledgling baby of our nation’s Democracy to its operatives.
“The media has behaved as dutiful nurses working with all other operator’s to nurture and deepen our Democracy. And we appreciate the work that the Nigeria media has been doing and will continue to do. And we encourage you fulfill your constitutional duties responsibility of informing, of educating the Nigeria People.”