…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The Nigerian Presidency has expressed its commendation to the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for conducting its biennial convention and election in a peaceful manner.
In a statement released on Saturday by Dele Alake, the Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, the Presidency acknowledged the NGE’s ability to hold elections for coveted positions without descending into bitterness, acrimony, or unnecessary hostility.
The government extended congratulations to both the winners and losers of the election, emphasizing its satisfaction with the successful and rancor-free outcome despite the fierce competition for various positions.
The statement also highlighted the significance of the NGE’s election process as a positive example for the larger Nigerian polity, demonstrating that elections can be intensely contested without fostering animosity or unnecessary malice.
The statement went on to congratulate Mr. Eze Anamba, Editor of the Vanguard newspaper, on his election as the new President of the NGE.
The Presidency wished him and other newly elected officials a fulfilling and productive tenure.
The peaceful and rancor-free conduct of the NGE’s elections sends a strong message to the Nigerian society at large, demonstrating that competitive elections can be held without compromising the principles of unity, tolerance, stability, and sustainable democratic culture.
The statement praised individuals like Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi of This Day newspaper, who gracefully accepted the election results and pledged support to the winners, as exemplifying the spirit of maturity and tolerance that the NGE embodies.
Furthermore, the statement emphasized the importance of internal democracy within media unions such as the NGE, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
It called for these unions to embrace internal democracy and uphold professional integrity to enhance good governance, stability, and sustainable development in Nigeria.
The NGE’s conduct of its elections sets a positive precedent for the Nigerian media as a whole.
President Tinubu underscored the critical role of the media in strengthening democracy, ensuring accountability, and safeguarding the welfare of the Nigerian people.
He acknowledged the historical significance of the media’s contributions, from the fight against colonial imperialism to the opposition against military dictatorship and the defense of democratic values.
President Tinubu emphasized that the challenges ahead for the media in fulfilling its role are greater than ever before.
He pledged his administration’s support and collaboration with the media in promoting responsible governance, upholding checks and balances, and advancing the best interests of the country.
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