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Just let me state my side of story, Buhari urges online journalists

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged online newspaper practitioners to often ensure their stories are balanced.

He said he runs an open government and as  such has nothing to hide from the public, especially journalist.

Spokesman, Femi Adesina who made the call  at a dinner with executives and members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) in Abuja said the first thing the President told him when he assumed office was 'always tell me the truth',

According to him, ” the President will have no cause to want any story about his official assignment to be “killed.”

The dinner was put together by GOCOP for Adesina who is its Trustee, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

He said that the only request he made was that for any news item, the Presidency should be allowed opportunity to state its side before being put in the public domain.

Adesina commended online publishers for coming together to form a group, even as he advised them to look out for spoilers, gate-crashers and those who might hide under the canopy of online publishing to damage the reputation of innocent public officers.

“There is a saying that one bad coin can spoil hundreds of other coins. My advice is that you should not allow any of your members to use the platform to malign innocent people.

You should also find a way of sanitizing the social media practitioners who just sit in their bedrooms to churn out news without professional touch.”

Also speaking, Garba Shehu thanked members of the Guild for the support they gave him when he handled the media and publicity department of All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Council as Director.

According to him, APC Presidential campaign was the poorest in terms of resources, “but the richest in terms of people's goodwill. And the online publishers were the greater part of that process.”

Earlier, the President of the Guild, Malachi Agbo assured the two Presidential spokesmen of the support and cooperation of the members, even as he appealed to them to always make themselves available for any news item that requires clarification.

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