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Buhari seeks media support on good governance

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 5:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ekene Okoro Lagos

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday called on the media in Nigeria to partner with his administration in its quest to provide qualitative leadership that would turn around the fortunes of the country.

Buhari who made the call at the 2015 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), held in Lagos, commended the nation’s media, saying its vibrancy has never been doubt.

The President-elect, represented at the conference by the Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, affirmed that the Nigerian press played a key role in bringing about the present change in the nation’s leadership and other spheres that would be witnessed soon in the country.

He said, “the work of the press is not over. The incoming administration would like the press to continue its role of watchmen and women, aggregating the views and positions of the people on national issues and presenting these as lucidly as possible through publication and other channels to the government to guide it in the onerous task of providing good governance for our people.

“Nigeria is a huge country and no government can be able to know all that is happening across the length and breadth of the country without assistance of the media which has an impressive national reach.”

Harping on the importance of the media or press in modern democracies, he added that,” it is important to mention that the press in Nigeria and indeed in many countries influences millions of people daily as most people make it a habit to read a newspaper or listen to newspaper reviews every morning before setting out for the day’s business.

“And for many people including government officials, the reports contained in newspapers or the editorial opinions of some of the influential newspapers remain at the back of their minds and influence the basis of discussion and debate among government officials.

“There is no modern society or government that can neglect the press or can function without a vibrant media. It is for this reason that most government agencies, ministries and departments as well as the Presidency or Office of the Prime Minister have press offices manned by media specialists and communication officers.