By Nwakpa O Nwakpa
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has commended the former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba and the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY Newspapers Group/Arise News, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, for giving journalism and media sector a place of honour.
In a birthday message to the two eminent journalists, the Guild in a statement by its President, Mustapha Isah; and the General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, stated that the two gentlemen “brought creative innovation to the modern-day journalism practice through their labours and accomplishments”.
Describing Obaigbena, fondly called the Duke by his close associates, as “possessing resilient character, tact, and a tenacious strength of mind to succeed”, the Guild said that the media entrepreneur has been able to navigate the very rough pathway in the past four decades to arrive at where he is today: an unchangeable success.
‘’An influential member of the Guild and former President, Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Prince Obaigbena is arguably, one of Nigeria’s most powerful newspaper publishers and brain, who has successfully built an influential network of friends and associates that cuts across all segments of the society.
‘’A good manager of human resources, the Duke has a mysterious capacity for attracting gifted journalists to his pool; this approach has fortified the editorial strength of both THISDAY and Arise TV that have many of our influential members.
‘’As he turns 62 years today, we congratulate the media mogul, skilful journalist and an innovator, whose assistance to the growth and development of the Nigerian media industry remain impossible to remove and worthy of emulation’’, the NGE stated.
On Osoba, who will be 82 years this Thursday, the NGE commended him for remaining committed to the mission of the professional body, saying “even though he is no longer in active journalism practice, the former President of NPAN has remained a dogged promoter of sound journalism profession and a staunch supporter of the Guild, whose activities he always finds time to participate in, including our recent national convention in Kano State.
‘’Chief Osoba’s strong obligation to journalism profession and the NGE’s mission is unwavering. “The Guild witnessed this recently, when he chested out and called on journalists and other media stakeholders to resist the proposed Media Amendment Bills before the National Assembly – which many sound minds believed were created to criminalise journalism practice.
‘’For Chief Osoba, it is an existential battle for journalists and those who cherish civic and democratic space to fight – in order to retrieve our democracy from the jaws of those who want to destroy it. We salute his courage.
‘’Chief Osoba believes so much in press freedom so much that he is ready to express his views even if his political friends may not be comfortable with them”, the Guild said.
The Nigerian editors said that Chief Osoba, fondly called a Reporter Extra- Ordinaire, did the Guild proud as the Governor of Ogun State with his sterling performance in office.
While praying God to continue to give him good health and wisdom in his service to the nation as he clocks 82, the Guild urged him not to give up in his struggle for a just society and a free press.