The former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has implored newsmen to join hands with the presidency in fighting against corruption.
PM News reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s national leader this morning, Saturday, August 22, implored all newsmen to help make the job of the president and the president’s media aides less challenging. Tinubu, represented by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, gave the advice in Abuja at a reception organised by the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) for its members recently appointed as the president’s media aides.
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 were honoured at the event.
“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,” Tinubu said.
He also went further to say:
“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. “If we are celebrating democracy today, we are celebrating what Nigerian media has helped to build over the years.”
The acting president of the NGE, Garba Muhammad in his opening address, said the NGE grand reception was organised to celebrate its two media icons, who were appointed a few months ago by the president. Describing the two media aides as exceptional professionals, he said they have never been engaged in any disorderliness while discharging their duties.
Meanwhile, Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti state governor, has claimed that his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi, betrayed his party the APC and its national leader, Bola Tinubu, who helped him to power.