President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, lauded The Guardian Newspapers for the landmark achievements it has recorded in its 35 years of existence.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the paper as a successful model of entrepreneurship in the country’s media industry.
He praised the dedication and loyalty of the management and staff of the Flagship to the ideals and philosophy of the paper which has helped it to endure for 35 years in spite of various challenges.
He described the successes recorded so far by the paper as a result of doggedness and dynamism which Nigerian entrepreneurs must emulate to succeed.
“The success story of The Guardian in the last 35 years is worthy of emulation especially in the nation’s media industry that is beset by high mortality rate,” Saraki said. “The Guardian has survived as a business concern and transcended generational change in leadership as a result of focus and dedication.
“I must commend its founder, late Chief Alex Ibru, his wife, Mrs. Maiden Ibru and her son, Mr. Toke Ibru and other directors as they doggedly held the forte, as well as the generation of intellectually savvy employees and contributors who have helped to sustain the dream of the founder and the philosophy of the paper till today,” he added.
He stated that the contributions of the Guardian to the attainment and sustenance of democracy, promotion of the ideals of free press and economic development in the country place it in an enviable position among the three longest surviving tabloids in the country.