BY ISAAC AFOLABI
Fake news has been described as a monster which stirs violence and disrupts peace in the society.
To this end, government, Journalists and Nigerians in general need to fight the menace especially on the social media so that journalism profession can continue to retain its credibility.
The Catholic Bishop of Ondo diocese of Right Reverend Jude Arogundade gave the charge while delivering the message of Pope Francis to journalists in Ondo state in commemoration of the 55th holy mass for world communication day.
Bishop Arogundade who was represented by Reverend Father Adewale Ojo acknowledged the numerous challenges journalists face in carrying our their duty urging them not to relent in reporting the truth at all times.
While emphasizing on the THEME for this year’s commemoration which is COME AND SEE, Bishop Arogundade called on those using the social media network to foment trouble to desist while journalists should verify all information before disseminating them.
Speaking at the event, Ondo state governor Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by the director of orientation and mobilization, Ministry of Information, Mr Bodunde Aladejumokun enjoined journalists to uphold professionalism by disseminating only stories that are true.
While urging christians to continue to pray for a peaceful Nigeria ,Governor Akeredolu asked residents to report strange faces in their domain to curb security challenges in the state.
Special prayers were offered for journalists in the state and the nation at large.
The event was well attended by journalists in the state, veteran broadcasters, politicians and other dignitaries.
Among them were the attorney general and commissioner for justice in Ondo state, Sir Charles Titiloye, Former head of service, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu, former SWAN President Mr Steve Alabi, Chairman NUJ Ondo state Mr Tona Aderoboye and NAWOJ chairperson, Mrs Doris Olumoko.