The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has sent a message of congratulation to the newly elected National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Waheed Odusile, on his success at the polls.
Rt. Hon. Obasa while reacting to the NUJ National Delegates election result in a statement in Lagos, also greeted Nigerian journalists on the peaceful and successful conduct of the election.
“Congratulation my brother for your success at the polls and I am particularly pleased that your election came through a peaceful democratic process, I am really happy not only for you but also for the entire body of journalists in Nigeria,” the Speaker said.
Obasa described the peaceful election conducted by the NUJ as a clear indication that Nigerian journalists have real democratic instiincts in them which is worthy of emulation.
“The peaceful conduct of the NUJ election is also a clear indication that Nigerian journalists are determined to walk the talk, practising the ideal they preach daily through their writings, and presentation on air. The global wish has always been conduct of peaceful democratic process without rancour and devoid of chaos. This is what Nigerian journalists have just done and I want to especially commend them for this lofty achievement. Indeed, your conduct is worthy of emulation,” Obasa said.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker also called on those who have lost in the election to cooperate and work together with the new executives to move the journalism profession forward in the country.
“In every contest, there is always a winner and a loser which is the case in this particular contest. The election is over, what is left is for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the Waheed Odusile led administration succeed in its resolve to move the journalism profession forward in the country. The goal should be continuous improvement of the profession and advancement in the welfare of its practitioners,” Obasa said.
While wishing the Waheed Odusile led executive council of the NUJ a successful tenure in office, Rt. Hon. Obasa, called on journalists in Nigeria to support government at all levels in ensuring the success of the country’s democratic process.
“The sterling roles you have been playing in promoting positive democratic ideals in the country are well noted and documented but you should not rest on your oars in promoting these ideals. Once again, I congratulate the new NUJ President, Waheed Odusile, and I congratulate all journalists in Nigeria on this successful and peaceful democratic process,” Obasa said.