By Moji Oladele and Oluwatoyin Adegoke

Media professionals should make the Nation better by cultivating the habit giving truthful account of events and situations in their daily reportage.

Ambassador Yemi Farounbi made the call during the 57th World Communication Day held at Saint Benedict Cathedral, Popo, Osogbo , Osun State.

In his lecture titled, Speaking the Truth in Love: The Church and the 2023 General Elections Ambassador Farounbi who said some journalists communicated fake news capable of truncating the peace of the society during the last General Elections cautioned media practitioners against embellishing the truth and ensure the news were not distorted.

Ambassador Farounbi emphasized that Journalists should broaden their knowledge about the Profession for improved performances and called on the church to endeavor to speak the truth to the Authority for a better Nation.

Earlier in his sermon titled “Listen with the heart of the Lord” ,Bishop Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, The Right Reverend John Oyejola who described the The Church as a sign of Peace and unity in the World emphasized the need for Nigerians to live a purposeful life

Also Contributing, the Communication Director Catholic Church, Osogbo Diocese, Reverend Father Anthony Omodunbi said the various societal ills experienced across the nation and other parts of the world required all and sundry to embrace and speak the truth in love no matter the circumstances.

In his submission, The Chairman , Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, CAMPAN, Chief Wale Idowu described members of the forth estate of the realm as the Conscience of the Nation whom must uphold the truth at all times.

The theme for this year’s World Communication Day organized by the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo with the theme, Speaking with the Heart ” The Truth in Love” climaxed with questions and Answers session .


Journalists and other professionals in the Media industry have been challenged to spearhead the process of reawakening the truth in the country.

Prominent leaders in the industry gave the challenge at a symposium in Abeokuta, to mark the 57th World Communication Day with the theme “Speaking with the heart, the truth in love”.

Making his presentation at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral venue of the event, the Guest Speaker and Director, International Press Centre, IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade urged the journalists to adopt non hostile communication while telling the truth in a world filled with conflicts.

Contributing as panelists, a Former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode and a Media Career Development Specialist, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin emphasized the need for journalists to always project the truth cautiously with verified facts, while making allowances for the fault of others.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and a Media entrepreneur, Dr Niran Malaolu had advised the professionals to consciously support the truth without undermining the ethical principles.

The Catholic Bishop, Abeokuta Diocese, Most Reverend Peter Odetoyinbo who spoke through the Vicar – General of the Diocese, the Reverend Father Emmanuel Oriyomi described God as the only truth, noting that only the Godly and courageous individuals could uphold the truth.


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