Leadership (Abuja)

4 March 2013

Nigeria: GNE - Tinubu Congratulates Adesina, Says His Emergence Is Victory for Change

GNE: Tinubu congratulates Adesina, says his emergence is victory for change

Former governor of Lagos state and National leader, Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has congratulated the Deputy Editor- in -Chief of The Sun newspapers, Mr. Femi Adesina, on his emergence as the new President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE).

Tinubu stated this yesterday in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP by his Special Adviser, on Media, Mr Sunday Dare.

The statement also quoted Tinubu as describing Adesina"s victory as a victory for change and a more progressive leadership.

Tinubu said, "Organisations and professional groups soon wither into irrelevance if they align themselves against the people or remain weak and ambivalent about developments in the political environment they operate. Your emergence, I trust will give the organization (NGE) the much needed fillip it needs. It is a vote for change".

But the former governor urged Adesina not to abandon the very discipline and ideals that paved the way for his victory, saying that "You have exhibited a commitment to deep professionalism and unbiased journalism. You have through the years dedicated your writings to the promotion of a just, fair and more equitable society. Now is no time to rest on your oars. No. It is time for you to practice what you have preached and to make journalism a more decent profession".

The National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also warned Adesina against elements who will seek to rail road him orpeople in government who will seek to corrupt his ways. According to Tinubu, the preservation of the profession he represents,

the survival of the industry of which he is part of and the protection of the rights of the industry should be paramount on his mind.

He said, "Nigeria is in dire need of institutions and individuals who can re-tune the present dominant orientation selfishness to a more patriotic and accountable one.

The media industry, historically known to be pivotal to any change, whether positive or negative that happens

to any nation. The media in Nigeria is one of Nigeria's hopes for change and there is no better time for it to rise up to the challenge. You can lead that charge".

The ACN also congratulated Adesina and wished him the best as he pilots the affairs of the NGE in these uncertain times.

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