2019: Nwabueze, Moghalu task Nigerians on credible candidates

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Be more creative, Egbemode charges media outfitAhead of 2019 general elections, constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze and former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, have called on Nigerians to take active part in 2019 general elections by electing credible people into public offices. Speaking yesterday during The Niche 4th anniversary lecture in Lagos, with “Development Reporting and Hysteria Journalism in Nigeria,” as theme of the anniversary, Nwabueze and Moghalu said the 2019 general elections are very crucial to the survival of Nigeria. Also speaking at the event, the President of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Managing Director/Editorin- Chief of New Telegraph Newspaper, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, stressed the need for media practitioners to be more creative in addressing the challenges facing the media industry in order for them to remain in business. Nwabueze said the 2019 general elections are very crucial to Nigeria because the elections will decide whether the country can remain as one or break up.“We must all get our voters card and vote during the 2019 general elections. We must participate in the election because it will decide whether the country can stay or break up. This is the opportunity we have and we must make good use of it to elect credible leaders. We must come out and vote in 2019. Let us all come out and vote,” he said. Moghalu said Nigerians must speak with one voice during next year’s general elections and stop recycling of old politicians in public office, adding that all old people in government must be sent to retirement in 2019. Moghalu, who has declared interest in the 2019 presidential election, said the only way journalism in Nigeria would play a developmental role is when Nigerians have a new elite led by a worldview that is focused on ensuring that Nigeria can fulfill its potential.“We need to be led by leaders who can unite us. Today, we have recycle politicians who doesn’t have best plan for Nigeria. We have leaders without world view and that is why the country is not progressing as expected. For Nigeria to be great, people should use their voter cards to put in place right government. “We must not be silence and that is why some of us are coming out to contest in 2019. We need leadership with the world view because the greatest countries are driven by world view.There is no reason why Nigeria cannot become great again. We must speak with one voice in 2019 elections and send the old people to retirement,” he said. On her part, Egbemode, while speaking on the inability of some media organisations to pay salaries as and when due and the likelihood of some Mass Communication graduates not getting employment due to challenges in the media industry, which has made some media organisations to close shop, advised tertiary institutions to consider reducing the number of intakes for Mass Communication programmes. Also speaking, Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe and former Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank, Obinna Nwosu, called on Nigerians to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the country. Igbokwe said there are champions in every ethnic group in Nigeria, noting that everybody is important in the country and therefore urged people to stop looking down at those who doesn’t belong to their ethnic nationality. Nwosu said people must rise above personal challenges and make personal decision that will add individual and collective value to the society.He said nothing will change in Nigeria until people start making the right decisions. Former presidential candidate of Kowa Party in the 2015 general elections, Prof. Remi Sonaiya, who was the chairperson of the event, described one of the Dapchi girls, Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl, who refused to convert to Islam and presently with Boko Haram members, as a courageous girl who deserved respect for standing up against the terrorists. Speaking on the 2019 general elections, Sonaiya urged the media not to portray the race like it did in 2015 by portraying the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), as only runners in the presidential race

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