Osinbajo is very happy with Nigerian journalists at the moment

"We owe millions of our people who are poor, who have no access and have no voice, a duty to ensure that we don’t let things become worse for them," Osinbajo says.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo applauds President Buhari who chaired the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium (Tolani Alli)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has commended Nigerian journalists for their “civic vigilance" and for "remaining steadfast."

The vice president dished out the accolades when he received the national executive of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its President, Chris Isiguzo, at the Presidential Villa on Monday, September 27.

Osinbajo reminded the journalists that like other Nigerians, “this country is ours, whether we are press, politicians or religious people, the country is ours, and we must do everything to ensure that the country remains safe, secure, and united, and this is so important.

“I thank you for your civic vigilance, for the very kind words you have spoken about Nigeria, and for remaining steadfast in your belief for the rule of law and press freedom in the country.”

Osinbajo added that: “As I keep saying, the elite in our country, those of us who have had the benefit of education, positions and all of that, we owe millions of our people who are poor, who have no access and have no voice, a duty to ensure that we don’t let things become worse for them.”

Referring to other places where the press and government collaborated to protect the information space, the vice president called on stakeholders in Nigeria to replicate such efforts in the interest of security and unity.

"There are so many countries faced with a national challenge and where you have people who are prepared to subvert the entire republic, the press works actively with government to ensure that the information space is protected in such a way that people who want to subvert the republic are not allowed to do so.

“But I think it is important because your voices as respected members of the fourth estate of the realm, your voices are very important in moderating the kinds of views that we hear constantly which in the end, (if care is not taken) subverts the polity,” he said.

Continuing, the vice president noted that “it is important for us to continue to emphasize that the unity of this country is crucial because if this country breaks up in any way or becomes the subject of what some people will like it to be, all of us will lose out. Obviously, the elite will survive in any way but the vast majority of our people will not.

“So, I will urge that we should as much as possible do whatever we can in our spaces that we occupy to keep emphasizing that we cannot afford a situation where the national unity of this country is compromised or where the country is made the theater of conflict and all sorts of insurgencies and crimes.”

In his remarks, the NUJ president called for a bailout fund to be provided for the media industry, adding that many media houses are forced to cut salaries or lay off their workers because of difficulties in sustaining operations.

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