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People’s Gazette Headline On Super Eagles Loss And Journalism

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After the Super Eagles match yesterday I was on Twitter as the war of words between some journalists became heated over the choice of headline by People’s Gazette News.

People’s Gazette had its headline written as ” JUST IN: After Buhari’s call, Super Eagles crash out of 2021 Africa Nations Cup.

Some journalists even quote the tweet wondering if People’s Gazette was journalism or pure bloggers.

A lot of Nigerians besieged the comment section to lambast the news platform of professionalism in discharging its duties.

Some accused People’s Gazette journalists of pure hatred towards Buhari.

One of the journalists at People’s Gazette did not hold back either as he lashed back at the trolls asking then if the General called the team or not.

I had hoped I could stay there for a while,  but I was held back by sleep as I fought so hard to rescue myself.

I know there is some kind of rivalry among Nigerian journalists, the last one I remembered was when David Hundeyin released his report on the murder of Iniobong Umoren and some other journalists wrote a rejoinder to counter some of his findings.

I am aware that operatives of the National Intelligence Agency have been on the shoulder of the management of People’s Gazette for sometime now. 

According to Sahara Reporters, the security operatives demanded to see the online newspaper’s managing editor, a reporter.

The reason is that the medium released a leaked Memo that shows a Director-General of the agency, Rufai Abubakar in December.

The newspaper had last year published in a series of articles – a memo that spy chiefs at the foreign intelligence office had written to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning him against retaining Abubakar as DG on the grounds that he lacked intellectual and physiological rigour for the position.

But what I am yet to understand is where to draw the curtain between real journalism and gutter-opinions which circulated after the loss of the Eagles to Tunisia.

Just like all other aspects of life, there is competition in journalism. 

However, it seems there is a rat race to show the Nigerian people which media outlet is the best.

The idea is to outrun each other which is similar to brand wars in a business environment.

Just like the journalists are in the war of words over what professional journalism should be, Nigerians are also not left out on which news platform is a national or regional one.

Findings revealed that many Southerners hardly read a newspaper like Daily Trust which they see as pro-north as against a newspaper that tends to cover the nation like PUNCH.

A good number of Northerners also do the same as they see some of the news outlets that report insecurity and are critical of Buhari opposition. 

The implication of this world view is that no matter the lapses of the Buhari administration, these set of people will keep praising him even if bandits and terrorist groups like ISWAP and Boko Haram are closing in on them.

I really don’t know how prepared Nigerian journalists are considering the cold war that is gradually building up in the Nigerian media space.

However, I think the feud is good for journalism in the country as this might help push journalists to do their best and carry out their duties knowing fully well that any lapses on their parts, their colleagues won’t hesitate to lash at them.

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Adetayo Omotoyosi Adeolu is a content specialist, writer, journalist, and philosopher. Adetayo Omotoyosi Adeolu helps individuals and brands become visible using content and visual promotion. AOA helps individuals and brands become visible using content and visual promotion. This process involves creating sellable content that pushes your brand to the world. It also includes social media management and digital promotion. He is currently a Post-Graduate student at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism where he is studying Print-Journalism in Lagos.

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