Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to ensure that Nigerians get the change which they voted for.
Speaking on behalf of the union during the quarterly media briefing initiated by the present leadership of the union, which held yesterday at the national headquarters, the national president, Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile stressed that the ruling APC sought and got the mandates of Nigerians based on its promise to change for the better, the way things were done in the country, so the government must ensure that the electorate gets what they voted for.
“We call on President Buhari and the APC government to ensure that Nigerians got the change that they massively voted for in all facets of our national development,” he said.
Speaking extensively on the state of the nation, he expressed the mind of the union in areas such as the Treasury Single Account, TSA, Boko Haram insurgency, the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa elections, the National Assembly, etc.
The NUJ expressed worry that the Boko Haram insurgency has been allowed to fester for too long, and that the situation has become more worrisome with the reported affiliation of the group with other more deadly groups like ISISI and Al-Qaeda. “The time to find lasting solutions to the insurgency is now. Nigerians are anxiously waiting for the December 2015, to see if the new service chiefs will be able to fulfil their promise to finally annihilate Boko Haram,” he said, adding that, “For us as a union, we believe the military in the last few months have been professional and resolute in the fight against Boko Haram, and has rekindled the hope of Nigerians.”
He then added: “the recorded successes notwithstanding, until the final milestone of vanquishing Boko Haram is achieved, Nigerians may not truly appreciate the sacrifice so far made by the military.”
On the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa elections, Odusile said it is going to be the litmus test for the new INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, in building on the achievements of his predecessor, while further building the confidence of Nigerians in the electoral system.
He however, called on Nigerians to always ensure they exercise their franchise, since the actual power resides with the masses.
Yesterday’s briefing marked the beginning of the quarterly media briefing which the present leadership of the NUJ promised its members, as a means of keeping members abreast of the state of the union, and also to afford them the opportunity to lend voice to to current issues in the polity.

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