President Buhari Appoints Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu as Spokesmen

President Buhari’s spokesmen: Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the first set of appointments into his administration.

The President on Sunday evening, May 31, 2015 named Mr Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu as his spokesmen.

Femi Adesina will serve as Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) while Garba Shehu will be the new Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity).

The President has also approved the appointment of Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP).

Mr Adesina is the current President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and serves as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun newspapers.

Garba Shehu served as the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. He was the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors sixteen years ago.

Abdullahi Kazaure is a career Foreign Service official and currently serves in Aso Rock Villa as a Special Assistant (Presidential Matters).

Delta State Governor Condemns Abduction Of 14 Journalists

Delta-State-Civil-Service-UduaghanThe Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has strongly condemned the recent kidnap of 14 journalists who had gone for an official assignment at the 16 billion Delta Gas City project in Ogidigben.

Speaking at a public lecture organised by the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Delta State chapter, to mark the opening of their press week with the theme ‘Reporting The 2015 General Elections’, he stated that the President has directed thorough investigation into the incident and that anyone found culpable would be handled by security agencies.

Dr Emmanuel emphasized that the Gas City Project was sited in Delta State despite the project being originally billed for Koko.

He explained that it had to be relocated to the present site at Ogidigben because of the shallow nature of the waters at the initial location, noting that if President Jonathan had ulterior motives he could have taken it to another state.

Dr Uduaghan also apologized to all journalists in Nigeria for the ugly incident in which the Channels Television crew and some other journalists were held hostage, adding that the act itself was unfortunate.

He commended the Delta State Council of NUJ for being peaceful and challenged journalists to be objective in reporting the forthcoming 2015 elections. He also gave an assurance to journalists in Delta State that his administration would build and complete a befitting secretariat for the Delta State Council of the NUJ.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr Femi Adeshina, during his presentation, said that the success of the 2015 general elections would depend on the media, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

He urged the media to beam its spotlight on all involved in politics and ensure that the game is played according to the rules in an impartial and objective manner.

He, however, condemned irresponsible reporting especially in the social media, by those who do not subscribe to ethics of journalism.

The National President of NUJ, Mohammed Garba, who was represented by the Deputy National President, Rotimi Obamuwagun, urged the State Government to leave a legacy behind by helping the NUJ to build and complete the proposed permanent secretariat.

Bring Back Our Girls: States Hold Prayer Session For Abducted Students

Chibok girls videoNigerians have continued to lend their voices in protest and prayers towards the release of the abducted school girls in Chibok Borno State.

The wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mrs. Fatimah Yero, urged Nigerians to pray for the parents of these girls, “This is a story that is disheartening, all Nigerians should pray for the mothers and parents of these girls”.

In Abia State, the wife of the Deputy Governor organized a prayer session for the abducted girls, while the President of the Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina said that the guild would not be known for lawlessness or anything that would commend terrorism.

“As a body we value the lives of our girls, there must not be any form of rigidity in positioning, it must be a give and take”, he noted.

They have asked the Government to do all they can to ensure their release.

Jibril Aminu Advises Media Practitioners On Developmental Journalism

Jubril AminuFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Jibril Aminu, has advised journalists to refrain from writing and publishing inciting reports capable of destabilizing the unity of Nigeria.

Speaking at an event organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja, Senator Aminu said that partisan and inciting positions by media practitioners would not help the cause of the Nigerian nation.

With an advice to media practitioners to embrace developmental journalism, he stressed the need for journalists to play a positive role in uniting and developing the nation.

The Nigerian Guild of Editors had met in Abuja to raise funds for the building of its secretariat and this drew a gathering of politicians and big wigs in the media industry.

While the governors of Edo and Delta State, were of the view that promoting the unity and well-being of Nigeria as a nation should be the priority of every Nigerian, especially media practitioners, a doyen of journalism and former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, in his keynote address canvassed for the devolution of powers.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, however, applauded the role of the media in promoting democratic ideals.

The event is the first of its kind since 1962 when the Nigerian Guild of Editors came into being.