The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed appreciation once again, to the Nigerian media practitioners for a commendable role they played during the recently conducted general elections.
He therefore, charged them to continue to make the incoming government accountable once it assumes office.
Buhari spoke Saturday at the 2015 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos.
Represented by the Vice President-elect, Prof Yermi Osinbajo, he said “Any meeting of the Guild is always an important national event because of the role which the Press, our very vibrant press has played and continues to play in the overall development of our nation’s democracy.
“Though no Editor is dictatorial or meant to be, but to ensure that there is order and responsibility, those who developed the press over the centuries in their wisdom, invested the Editor with these powers.
He noted that the press in Nigeria, and indeed in many countries influence 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 days’ business.
“There is no modern society or government that can neglect the press or can function without a vibrant media,” he said.
This was the 2015 elections for which reason all sorts of predictions and doomsday scenarios were bandied about. Thankfully the election has come and gone relatively peacefully and Nigeria for pulling it through is now hailed by the comity of nations as a modern democracy.
On the recently conducted general elections, the President-elect said, “All Nigerians including politicians are aware of the moderating role played by the press at all levels. I want on behalf of our people to say THANK YOU, for a job well done. Nigerians now have the change of government they desire and for the first time, it was possible for a party in opposition to defeat a party in power following the people’s will!
However, he said, “I would like to state that having played a role in bringing the present change about, 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”.