By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Chairman of the supreme council of Owu Obas, Olowu of Owu-Kuta kingdom, Oba Hameed Oyelude Makama Tegboosun 111, has charged Nigerian journalists to be partners in nation-building and help the society de-escalate tension.
Oba Makama gave the charge during his investiture as the life patron of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) Chapel at the media house premises in Osogbo.
He noted that media should be agent of building nation’s common ideals rather than what would divide the nation.
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola while congratulating the monarch described him as “a man of the people, even beyond his domain who represents our culture.”
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode said Oba Makama is a dependable monarch who has been supportive of his administration, adding that he deserves the honour conferred upon him.
In his address, the Chairman of the occasion, Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, described the honoured monarch as a father to all and a bridge-builder whose quest for peace and development in his kingdom and Nigeria is unparalleled.
Gen. Buratai who was represented by Brig. Gen. Kukasheka Usman (rtd), former spokesman of the Nigerian Army extolled his patriotism and kind disposition to the military and security agencies in Nigeria.
Earlier in his address, the NUJ OSBC chapel Chairman, Comrade Olatunde Adeyemo stated that Oba Makama’s investiture is well deserved, describing him as “a father, a leading Nigerian monarch and a positive expansionist, who share our vision; especially the legacy bequeath to us by our past and present leaders.
“His quest for expansion in knowledge, his accommodative posture, his journalistic instinct, his leadership acumen, his listening ability coupled with his unbiased copious and liberal transformative mechanisms as well as his penchant for a country where tranquility reigns supreme through the first, the second, the third and the fourth estate of the realm, culminated in our gathering today.”
Adeyemo also announced that the monarch has given the go-ahead that the e-library of the chapel be named after him.
“The E-library will assist us immensely to achieve our vision of proper documentation of valuables; storage of data; enhanced research work; provision of required assistance for other journalists, students of tertiary institutions, and individuals who are on fact-finding mission,” he said.
Receiving the honour, the Oba said: “I will use my patronship to do things that would unite this country, things that would promote the interest of all well meaning Nigerians.
“I dedicate this honour to a constituency I always promote, the constituency that don’t sleep so that you and I will sleep. I dedicate this honour to Ambassador T.Y Buratai and the Nigerian army at large.”