President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr Waheed Odusile, the newly elected National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) over his victory in Friday Night’s elections.
The president’s message was conveyed through a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Buhari expressed the hope that Odusile’s worthy credentials, long experience and antecedents as a highly respected and reputable professional, would enable him to discharge his new responsibility of leading the NUJ to greater heights of accomplishment with distinction.
The President assured Odusile and the newly elected executive officers of the NUJ of the fullest support and cooperation of the Federal Government as they move to reposition and revitalize the journalism profession in Nigeria for present and future challenges.
Buhari further assured the new NUJ President and all journalists in Nigeria that his Administration will consistently uphold their right to perform their constitutionally assigned role in society without hindrance.
It added that Buhari said he looked forward to working in a harmonious partnership with Odusile, the new NUJ executive and media practitioners in Nigeria.
The statement reads: “I look forward to working in a harmonious partnership with Odusile, the new NUJ executive and media practitioners in Nigeria as the Federal Government strives to end the scourge of Boko Haram and improve national security.
“And also to rebuild and expand national infrastructure, accelerate the pace of economic development across the country and create more employment opportunities for Nigerian youth.”
The statement further added that the president wished the newly-elected executive officers of the NUJ a very successful tenure in the service of their profession and country.
Odusile, the Managing Editor of the The Nation Newspapers was elected in a keenly contested NUJ national election held on Friday night in Abuja.