By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for appointing Mr. Femi Adesina, the President of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and Mallam Garba Shehu as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity respectively.
The Patron of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Radio of Nigeria FRCN Ibadan National Station, Professor Sabitu Olagoke (JP) gave the commendation in a press statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Monday.
Olagoke said: “The appointment, many right thinking Nigerians would know, is a confirmation that the new President has started on a good footing by not allowing ethnic or religious sentiment to influence his appointment. He diligently picked the right choice in choice positions.
“It is the prayer of most Nigerians that God will guide Mr. President while picking other lieutenants who will steer the ship of this country. We in Shafudeen In Islam will not relent in our prayers for the positive transformation of this country.”
He pleaded with members of the incoming 8th Assembly to cooperate with the Executive by clearing the ministerial list yet to be sent and which he was sure would be appointed on merit, adding that “the era of being financially induced has gone into oblivion.”
Prof. Olagoke counselled both Adesina and Shehu to sustain the virtues of honesty, professionalism and integrity for which they are known, stressing that “Femi Adesina was elected the President of NGE for the second term because of his antecedents in journalism profession.
“I equally seize this opportunity to congratulate the NGE, NUJ and NPAN that the President through divine leading picked their members. It is a clear departure from the past when non- professionals were appointed to handle publicity for the government”.
While noting the roles of media practitioners in the success of any government, Olagoke also reminded them that they should not compromise their professional calling, because such would betray societal confidence reposed in them.