THE SPEAKER, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa on Saturday lauded the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over its peaceful election during its 5th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference.
Obasa made the remark in his congratulatory message to the newly elected National President of the Union, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musbau Rasak.
The Speaker said he was pleased with the conduct of a democratic election by the union.
“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 peaceful election conducted by the NUJ is a clear indication that Nigerian journalists have real democratic instincts in them, which is worthy of emulation.election also shows that Nigerian journalists are determined to walk the talk, practicing the ideal they preach daily through their writings and presentations on air.
“The global wish has always been the 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,’’ he said.
Obasa called on those who 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 succeeds 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,” he said.
He wished the new executive council of the NUJ a successful tenure in office.
Obasa also 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,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NUJ delegates conference, which started in Abuja on Friday, produced a new set of executives for the union as the tenure of Alhaji Mohammed Garba-led executives expired.
NAN reports that Odusile defeated his closest rival, Mr Rotimi Obamuwugan, at the union’s election held last night in Abuja during the conference.

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