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President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to the media to exercise its

freedom with responsibility to Nigerians and rise to the defence of

democracy as the 2015 elections draw nearer.
The President made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja at a fund-raising

dinner organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

Represented by the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, the President

said in spite of the challenges, democracy in the past 14 years had served

Nigerians better than the decades of military rule.

He urged the media to exercise the freedom it presently enjoy with utmost

responsibility to the nation, noting that the media remained a critical

factor in the success or otherwise of the 2015 election.

“I am appealing to the media; this democracy we are seeing is far better

than the military regimes that we have had.
“My challenge to practitioners is to present our country in a positive

way; let us defend this country and the democracy we currently enjoy.

“Nigeria can only be fixed by the people of Nigeria, that is why I am

particularly appealing to the media to project our country in their

reports,'' he said.
Jonathan added that in spite of the challenges in the country, Nigeria had

done significantly well both at home and in the continent.

According to him, Nigeria represents the hope of `Black Africa' and

Nigerians, including the media cannot afford to fail in their

Other speakers at the occasion called for a total change in the

orientation to media reportage of events, and political actors in the

The chairman of the occasion, Prof. Jibril Aminu, recalled that from the

first republic through the era of military dictatorship, the media played

active roles in stabilising the polity.
He urged practitioners to reflect their love for Nigeria in their reports

to help stabilise the polity, especially during electioneering periods.

He said that Nigerians had no other country to run to hence the need for

all Nigerians to put aside ethnic, regional, religious and political

differences in the interest of national unity and development.

The governors of Edo and Delta, Comrade Adams Oshiomole and Dr Emmanuel

Uduaghan, in their separate remarks said the unity of Nigeria was not

They appealed to the media to close ranks with political and opinion

leaders in the country and work for the unity of the nation regardless of

the bickering among politicians.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Guild, Mr Femi

Adesina, said the idea of a national secretariat had been conceived by

past leaders of the Guild.
He said that the current executive was only building on the foundation

already laid by previous leaders.
Adesina said that the secretariat complex and an annex would be cited in

either Lagos or Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maku announced a N50 million

donation by the Federal Government for the project, while donations from

Edo and Delta state governments were undisclosed. (NAN)