Reporting investigative stories is not for the faint hearted. it takes courage and mental alertness to put oneself at risk just to unearthed some unknown mystery, hidden secrets and truth and it can be used as a tool for curbing corruption. in this ever revolving society where some people have lost their minds to greed, power, fame and strange obsession. The are corruption in every sectors of the society, leaders are on the quest to amassing much power and wealth. That even the generation yet unborn would not be careless enough to squander the money. Our leaders are driven by gluttony, corruption, and desire to accumulate unending wealth for their already overloaded pockets. The amount of greed and darkness in some individuals in this world is just alarming. How do you sleep at night when you have stolen that which could feed, clothed and sheltered thousand of people? Or maybe we have totally lost our conscience that we can’t differentiate good from evil anymore.
Fighting or curbing corruption is not just a word of mouth, It is sincere action with positive impact and outcome. It is not a one-sided affair or simply to witch-hunt the opposition. The leader’s are so good with audio than visual. In the sense, we only get to hear all the fantastic promises and Jubilate but we do not see it actualize. No hope in their manifesto. Jeez! Even Joanna the scammer will bow for them. She could even apply for beginner class 101.
In the midst of all these chaos, lies and hidden agenda. it is therefore the responsibility of an apolitical investigative journalist to step in and do some magic. The journalists are the mouthpiece of the society, charge with the responsibilities of a watchdog in the society. They function to make every everyone accountable. If an investigative journalists are working passionately to bring sanity and expose corruption it will help in a great way. Like they say half bread is better than none. When leaders, civil servants, business men and women are in total realization that their fraud, deceit and greed will be pen down for the public judgement and scrutiny they may cut down their excess.
We do not need a bribe taking investigative journalist. But a principled one who knows the code of conducts and know how to navigate the terrain without intimidation. Investigative journalist must go undercover and develop stories that aim at purifying, exposing, and curbing corruption, big organization, politicians, institutions, godfathers, business, police, military, judiciary and every other person out there with dirt on on their hands. The will be a constant inquiry into their conduct for transparency. For corruption to be eradicate, the investigative journalist must have guts to go underground and dig out hidden stories. He or she must not be afraid to air out any individual involved in corruption with full evidence. Every media organization should have a department of investigative stories. They have one duty and one duty alone to uncover the truth.
One problem with all the investigative journalism thing, is that some of the investigators themselves need deliverance from the spirit of bribery taking. They will look left and right collect the envelope and look away. They will be like “please I can not come and go and kill myself for people who would not even remember my first name. Moreover I have bills to pay. Make everyone corrupt , I no be Jesus” When he gets to the office he will tell his boss. Oga! That organization and the people there are legit, no illegal activities at all. If the oga is corrupt too he will collect the envelope take his share, hand over the rest. The dangers of the truth not being exposed are damaging. Think about all that we are blessed with as nation and how these resources are mismanage. Because some people just want to keep reaping without investing. Think about the unemployment and hardship many face, then you will understand.
Which way na? The situation in the world has made some people lost their principle and mind. Recession is not even helping. For one dollar people are ready to sell their birth right. Let’s do better in order to be better. Let’s curb corruption out through investigative reporting. curbing corruption out of Africa is more than a word of mouth , we must made deliberate effort to bring sanity to our society.