By Pamela Eboh, Awka
The National Vice President of Ohaneze, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene has called on bloggers to be open to criticize and inform leaders of the country about the worsening state of the country.
Addressing bloggers at a one day bloggers summit in Anambra State in collaboration with Life International Hospital, the Ohaneze VP said that bloggers and media practitioners can help to change the narrative by reorientating the youths to take over the country from the old block and bad leaders.
He recalled that the people who laid the foundation of the country were all youths then, and wondered why people who are above the 80 are still desperately struggling to be the President of the country.
He said, “If things continue like this, that means time may come when people would even go and exhume a buried corpse to come and contest election in this country. They keep saying that youths are the leaders of tomorrow; when will that tomorrow ever come?”
While saying that the pen is nightier than the sword, Ogene added, “You must use your pen to disengage them, because we don’t have the arms to do so, but you have your pens. Pen is mightier than sword. I like the way you criticize, even though there may few junks among.
“Also, always try to be objective in your criticisims. Always check and investigate well before publishing.”
“Bloggers are usually freer because they and their addresses are not usually known, unlike the conventional media whom are known and can be sued or sanctioned at anytime.”
Reacting to the recent attack at Kuje prison, Abuja, Ogene said urged bloggers to openly remind President Muhammadu Buhari that the country’s system has totally collapsed, and that people are no longer safe.
The elderstatesman who chaired the summit also called on every qualified Nigerian to get his or her PVC and get ready to change the narrative in 2023; even as he also called for the restructuring of the country.
He noted that every part of Nigeria is being marginalized today, judging from the current state of under-development in every part of the country.