The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday charged local broadcast stations to always take the lead in presenting authentic narrative on national issues.
The minister made the call during a stakeholders’ meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja.
Speaking on the Cable News Network (CNN) report on the #EndSARS campaign and alleged killing of the protesters at Lekki tollgate in Lagos, Mohammed said local stations would have dictated the pace by reporting the incident objectively.
He said: “The lesson to draw from CNN’s faux pas on its report of the #EndSARS protest is that it magnifies the failure or inadequacy of our own broadcast organisations.
“In the wake of our spat with CNN, people are asking: Why didn’t our own broadcast stations take the lead in reporting the incident at Lekki?
“Why didn’t they take the lead in presenting an authentic narrative?
“Why must we allow the foreign broadcast stations, some of which didn’t even have correspondents on ground, to dictate the pace, thus misleading the world?
“These are questions begging for answers and I think for BON, this must form part of their review of the coverage of the whole crisis.”
The minister also cautioned local broadcast stations against the use of unverified videos for their reports.