By Ozolua Uhakheme and Evelyn Osagie
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo mentioned yesterday that Nigeria is just not an ideal nation however the treatment for its imperfections is most actually neither destruction nor a heedless descent into anarchy being promoted by some voices.
He admitted that debates over Nigeria’s future will at all times be intense and passionate however they needn’t be poisonous or polarizing.
All Nigerians, in accordance with him, have a share within the a lot wanted work of rebuilding, redesigning, reforming and therapeutic our nation.
“Creating commonality of objective in ethnically and culturally various societies is difficult the world over. Nevertheless, nation-building is just not the only real protect of politicians and governments; actually, it’s simply as a lot a process for civil society of which the media is a crucial member,” Osinbajo mentioned at a memorial tagged “An Afternoon of Tributes in honour of 9 departed giants of the media on the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
The occasion, anchored by the duo of Kadaria Ahmed and Ademola Oyinlola, was organised by The Newspaper Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).
Osinbajo mentioned the giants being celebrated understood that journalism operates in a social context and can’t be value-neutral.
This similar cognitive dedication, he mentioned, is incumbent upon all media staff.
In keeping with him, Nigeria is at a time in its nationwide odyssey through which retailers of discord and retailers of strife are working assiduously towards our collective potential as a individuals.
He mentioned: “Among the many powers of the press is the power to amplify and drown out voices. Media practitioners have a accountability to train discernment of their deployment of their platforms.
“On this regard, we should ask ourselves whether or not we’re empowering and amplifying essentially the most insensate, intemperate and incendiary voices in our midst whereas marginalizing voices of motive.
“It’s true that freedom of expression is enshrined in our structure. However, all of us agree that society, progress and order rely on the accountable train of freedom, in any other case the top consequence shall be anarchy.”
Persevering with, he mentioned: “As we wrestle to construct our nation with the bricks of mutuality, plurality and tolerance, I might counsel that these of us that stand as gatekeepers within the fourth property should exhibit a higher consciousness of the sensibilities and sensitivities of our society. Debates over our nation’s future will at all times be intense and passionate however they needn’t be poisonous or polarizing.
“The media will help to advertise a local weather of civility through which even essentially the most contentious nationwide points will be mentioned in full and frank phrases with out degenerating into chaos. Allow us to reject the temptation to fracture our society and select as a substitute to raise these constructive components in our midst that may promote justice, therapeutic and togetherness.”
He additionally mentioned: “I stay unyielding in my perception that we’ve a typical future and that we, the constituents of this nation, are stronger collectively. I imagine that each one of us have a stake in advancing the reason for justice, fairness and progress. It is a process that’s incumbent on all of us.”
Media leaders honoured posthumously have been Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, Chief Gbolabo Ogunsanwo, Mr. Bisi Lawrence, Malam Wada Maida, Mr. Eddie Aderinokun, Mr. Ben Egbuna, Prince Tony Momoh and Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Media icons who took turns to eulogise the media honourees included Chief Segun Osoba, Mr. Sam Amuka represented by Gbenga Adefaye, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Mr. Tony Akiotu, Mr. Ray Ekpu, Mr. Lade Bonuola, Mr. Lanre Idowu, Mr. John Momoh and Mr. Azubuike Ishiekwene.
The occasion had in attendance Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Ogun State , Mrs. Noimot Salako -Oyedele, Aremo Segun Osoba, and prime media executives, together with Chairman, The Guardian newspaper, Maiden Ibru, the Etsu Nupe, Alh.Yahaya Abubakar Kusodu Nupe, amongst others.