Saturday, 22 August 2015

Help President Buhari To Fight Against Corruption- Tinubu Tells Editors


One  time, oh no!! Two times Lagos State Governor and National leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said, y'all editors, should support President Buhari and his anti-corruption fight. Represented by the stubborn Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, at a reception organised by the
Nigeria Guild of Editors, for its members recently appointed as President's media aides.
Those honoured were Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President and Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President.
According to Tinubu, both Presidential aides needs support, to make their job less difficult. He said..
     "I can already see that Femi and Garba are going to have real challenges but the men and women in this hall have all what it takes to help you to make the job less difficult.
     "For me, the media are the best fighters. If you don't fight, the society will not grow. Today, there are debates about poor governance. Nothing is going to change if we don't fight.
     "It is important to fight the war until we get the country of our dream, for me, let us fight a cause that is necessary in order to deliver prosperity to our people."
He congratulated the NGE for having two members of its own being appointed by the President to play very important role in his administration.
     "I believe it is a reflection of the role of the media in the democracy. No matter what anyone will say, the Nigerian media remain a powerful pillar and force in the struggle for democracy.
     "In history, you are on record as having been convicted for allegedly plotting a coup only with the power of your pen without a gun and you paid your prize.
     "People went to prisons because you wrote pro-democracy stories that you thought that would prevent military government." Tinubu said.
He said nobody understood the benefit of freedom more than the media, adding that, "when the society is free, the media can operate.
     "If we are celebrating democracy today, we are celebrating what Nigerian media has helped to build over the years." Tinubu concluded
In his welcoming address, the Acting President of NGE, Mr Garba Muhammad, said, the NGE grand reception was organised to celebrate its two media icons, who were appointed few months ago by the president.
Muhammad described the President's media aides as exceptional professionals, who had never engaged in fighting their colleagues in the course of exercising professionalism.
Alhaji Ismail Issa-Funtua, the Publisher, Defunct Democrat Newspapers, urged NGE to come up with ideas that would improve the capacity of students produced by the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in Lagos.
He said the NGE's input was imperative as younger ones in the journalism profession lacked skills and wanted to run down the profession by begging for money at public events.
Adesina, who thanked the guild for the grand reception, urged the media to be fair in its reportage of the president's activities.
Corruption, get ready, to get outta our Country.

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