“The media should report in positive ways” – President Jonathan gets into lecture mode

by Adeniyi Abdul

Presidential adviser on National Assembly Matters, Joy Emodi is a bit tired of all the impeachment talk going around as there’s really nothing to it. Despite the original threats made by the House of Reps and further statements standing firm on said threats, the presidential aide insists it’s all just a big misunderstanding on the part of the public and the media. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, she insisted the suggestion of impeachment was only made in passing, and was not a big deal at all.

“The original motion had only two prayers and after deliberations and an amendment by Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi, only one prayer was carried by the House and it had nothing to do with impeachment threat,” Emordi said. “What actually happened during the debate on budget implementation was that the minority leader, in his contribution, mentioned impeachment which was not even put to vote. At no time did the House resolve to impeach the president.”

“In fact, the House in its resolution urged Mr. President to ensure implementation of the provisions of Section 6 of the 2012 Appropriation Act by directing the minister of finance to release immediately all outstanding funds appropriated to the MDAs for the first and second quarters and begin forthwith to comply with the Act by ensuring that the funds appropriated under the Act to the MDAs for the remaining third and fourth quarters are released as and when due.” she said, neglecting the tiny bit of information that the House warned that impeachment proceedings would be set into motion against the President if he failed to comply with the aforementioned directives.

“The executive and legislative arms are one and the same government and are working towards the same purpose. The concerns of the House of Representatives on the level of implementation of the budget by the executive are not out of place.”

Emordi then proceeded to ask the media to report in a positive manner and avoid sensationalism. “I want to appeal to the media as the Fourth Estate of the realm to report in positive ways things that will help promote our governance and strengthen the democratic process,” she said. “Sensational reporting of a key national issue such as this does not help the country in any way as it creates unnecessary tension in the polity.”


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