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Partner with journalists in fight against corruption, NGE urges Buhari

Umbrella body of editors in Nigeria, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, has urged the in-coming General Muhammadu Buhari-administration to facilitate a conducive platform which would create a synergy with the media in order to effectively tackle the problem of corruption.

President of the body, Mr Femi Adesina, who made the call, Sunday, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, May 3, said the call became necessary since one of the key promises of the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government is zero tolerance for corruption.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day has as its theme, “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, General Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age.

According to the NGE president, such a battle against corruption ‘needs a synergy between government and the media. If there is any time government should strengthen relationship with the media towards a healthy, progressive country, it is now.’

” No government can achieve lasting results without independent media. For long, the fight against corruption in Nigeria has been sluggish, even half-hearted. At the break of a new dawn, we must go beyond

rhetoric. The government that will emerge from May 29, 2015, must walk its talk on fighting corruption, and must take the media as an ally.

“Gone should be the era in which government views the media with suspicion, and takes journalists as adversaries. Now, we must begin to collaborate. Corruption is a big problem in Nigeria, and the anti-corruption battle needs journalism to shine the light on works of darkness.

” Journalism must thrive in Nigeria, if we must arrive at the peaceful shore we have long envisaged.

The days in which journalists are harassed, intimidated, brutalized, jailed or even killed outright should belong to the past. A media under assault can only be to the nation’s detriment. Let us build a country in which the media works without intimidation or interference.

Nigerian editors are resolved to be in the vanguard of all that is noble and decent, upholding the finest traditions of our calling. On this auspicious day, we rededicate ourselves to a land where probity and transparency hold sway, and one in which journalists do their work without let or hindrance,” Adesina stressed.

Adesina who used the occasion of the celebrations to reflect on the recently-concluded 2015 General Elections in the country, noted that ‘a free press will accelerate national development, give fillip to the fight against corruption, and engender a better society.’

” No government can achieve lasting results without independent media. For long, the fight against corruption in Nigeria has been sluggish, even half-hearted. At the break of a new dawn, we must go beyond

rhetoric. The government that will emerge from May 29, 2015, must walk its talk on fighting corruption, and must take the media as an ally.

“Gone should be the era in which government views the media with suspicion, and takes journalists as adversaries. Now, we must begin to collaborate. Corruption is a big problem in Nigeria, and the anti-corruption battle needs journalism to shine the light on works of darkness. It is instructive that theme for today’s World Press Freedom Day is “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, General Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age.

” Journalism must thrive in Nigeria, if we must arrive at the peaceful shore we have long envisaged.

The days in which journalists are harassed, intimidated, brutalized, jailed or even killed outright should belong to the past. A media under assault can only be to the nation’s detriment. Let us build a country in which the media works without intimidation or interference,” he summed up.

That is how meaningful change can be fostered, going beyond mere mantra or slogan. At the threshold of a new dawn, there is a surfeit of hope in the land. We envisage a country where no man is oppressed, where the wealth and endowments of the land are used for the larger number of the people, where impunity becomes history, and where every known act of corruption is swiftly punished.

Nigerian editors are resolved to be in the vanguard of all that is noble and decent, upholding the finest traditions of our calling. On this auspicious day, we rededicate ourselves to a land where probity and transparency hold sway, and one in which journalists do their work without let or hindrance.

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