The Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE, has elected Garbadeen Muhammad as its new president to replace Femi Adesina who was appointed the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Muhammad, who was the deputy to Mr. Adesina, was elected at a special convention by the guild during its just concluded annual conference, which held at Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa state.
The election of Mr. Muhammad followed the recommendation of a standing committee set up by the guild after the departure of Mr. Adesina.
The guild’s vice president ( West), Steve Ayorinde, was also elected as deputy president of the Guild while Funke Egbemode was elected as Mr. Ayorinde’s replacement as Vice President ( West).
Meanwhile, the NGE has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that his ongoing fight against corruption is not selective.
“Every Nigerian must support the battle to eradicate the monster which has adversely affected the country,” they said.
The guild gave the advice as part of its resolutions in a communiqué issued at the end of their annual conference.
The communiqué, signed by its newly elected president, Garbadeen Muhammad, and general secretary, Victoria Ibanga, also commended the president for the steps he has taken so far in the fight against terrorism.
The guild therefore, urged Nigerians “not to politicalize or ethnicise the war against the scourge”.
NGE called on all Nigerians to work with the government to ensure that every part of the country is secure.
Other resolutions reached by the editors included a call to media owners in Nigeria to ensure regular payment of salaries of journalists and to also improve working conditions of media practitioners.
NGE called on Nigerians to support President Buhari as he seeks to revive the nation’s economy and also called on the populace to imbibe values that would bring about positive change in the country.
The editors also called on their members to strive to continually improve their skills and acquire new ones that would prepare them for life after the editorial chair.
“Editors must do more to bring about the change that Nigerians are yearning for by playing the watchdog role assigned to them by section 22 of the Nigerian constitution,” they said.
NGE also called on governors of the 36 states of the federation through the Nigeria Governors Forum to make more efforts to build more synergy among themselves and function as a peer review mechanism, for sharing experiences and learning from each other’s policies and programmes that would make their states better.
NGE also commended President Buhari for appointing two past presidents of the guild, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu as Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant respectively.
The Editors, who revealed that they undertook a tour of projects undertaken by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, acknowledged the governors’ “restoration efforts” and they commended the government and people of the state for their hospitality.
The communiqué stated that about 300 editors from the print, electronic and online media attended the conference that also had as part of the conference various paper presentations by some scholars.