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Media collaboration essential for good governance, says Buhari

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President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on
Saturday called on the nation’s media to partner with
his government in its quest to provide qualitative
leadership; saying media collaboration is essential to
good governance. Buhari who made the call at the 2015
Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors ,
(NGE) held in Lagos, paid glowing tributes.

President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on
Saturday called on the nation’s media to partner with his
government in its quest to provide qualitative leadership;
saying media collaboration is essential to good
governance. Buhari who made the call at the 2015 Biennial
Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors ,(NGE) held in
Lagos, paid glowing tributes to the nation’s media, saying
its vibrancy is not in doubt. The newly elected president
who was 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 evidenced 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 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. “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. “Also in
democracies, we are yet to see a political party that does
not employ the services of journalists and media experts
nor can any political party or individual seek power or
mandate from the people without utilizing the services of
media experts and journalists. “In fact, it has become the
norm, judging from our own 2015 national elections, that
committed and knowledgeable media team comprising a
seasoned and well-informed journalist under a good leader
influences the difference between victory and defeat.”
According to him, this is so because for much of the
election period, it is the press that the electorates listen to,
and seek out to know the difference between the political
parties and form their opinion about which party to vote for.
“Thus, the press plays a very important role in all modern
states and especially in democracies. And as more and
more states strive towards improving popular participation
in government, the role of the press can only but expand
thereby conferring more influence and responsibility on the
Editors and their Guilds or association. “It is instructive and
delightful to note that this year’s meeting of the Guild is
coming so soon after a major political event in our country
and in which the press including the radio and television
played a critical role. This was the 2015 elections for which
reason all sorts of predictions and doomsday scenarios
were bandied about.

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